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Dedicated Colorado Springs and the Front Range Divorce Lawyers

At the Drexler Law Group, we have years of experience guiding people through divorces and other stressful family law situations, criminal cases, and estate planning matters. Our familiarity with state and federal law, combined with our personalized approach, allows the Colorado Springs divorce lawyers at the Drexler Law Group to treat each of our clients with respect and compassion while applying the knowledge our clients expect.

Skillful Representation in Colorado Divorce and Family Law Cases

Our primary area of practice is family law. This includes divorce, legal separation, child custody, adoption, prenuptial marital agreements, relocation, adoption, guardianship and all other family law matters that may arise for clients in Colorado Springs and throughout the State of Colorado.

Under Colorado law, it is not necessary to prove grounds for divorce because it is a "no fault" divorce state. This means that the state acknowledges that marriages sometimes break down despite the spouses' best intentions. Still, spousal misconduct such as adultery, abuse, or waste of financial assets can be considered by the court if it is relevant.

Both divorce and legal separations require a waiting period or "cooling off" period, which begins on the date that the divorce petition is served on or accepted by the other party (also referred to as the respondent). In contested matters, court-ordered investigations or evaluations can be utilized and the court will require mediation to explore any agreements regarding child custody or child support. Colorado is considered an "equitable division" state. The court will attempt to allocate real and personal property, as well as debts, in a fair but not necessarily equal manner. In dividing the assets and liabilities of a couple, the court will consider things such as the relative contributions of each party to the marriage, the value of the property, and whether the property is income-generating among a host of other factors the court must consider.

The Knowledge and Experience to Handle Colorado Military Divorces and Legal Separations

If one or both parties to a divorce are members of the military, special attention is needed. Some issues unique to military divorces include allocation or division of military pensions, retirements, or savings plans. Other areas of dispute may arise from housing and subsistence allowances (known as BAH or BAS), life insurance and disability, hazard pay, and survivor benefit plans.

Jurisdiction may also be an issue. Service members who physically reside in Colorado may not be "domiciles" of the state for purposes of obtaining a divorce unless the service member has taken steps to become a more permanent resident or domicile, such as registering to vote, obtaining a driver's license, or opening a local bank account. Only one spouse is required to be a domicile of Colorado in a divorce, so the non-military spouse may be able to proceed even if the service member is not a "resident" or domiciled in Colorado. However, the Colorado courts may not be able to exercise jurisdiction over the service member's military retirement. In such a case, the spouse seeking a divorce may need to file an action in the service member's home state.

Another issue in a military divorce case is the Service Members Civil Relief Act (also known as the Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act), which protects service members from having a court case proceed against them in certain circumstances such as while the service member is on deployment or assignment. Finally, matters of family support can be a particular challenge in a military divorce case. The various branches of the military each have regulations concerning family support, and these regulations must be taken into account when seeking orders of spousal or child support from a civilian court.

Colorado Springs Lawyers with the Knowledge You Expect and the Compassion You Deserve

The family law attorneys at the Drexler Law Group in Colorado Springs have significant experience handling family law matters (including divorce, high asset divorce, legal separation, custody disputes, guardianship, adoption) as well as protection orders, domestic violence defense, and estate planning matters. We are a fully integrated law firm and understand the complexities of the law and the intertwining of each subset of family law matter. We can help you explore whatever legal situation you may be facing

We serve clients throughout El Paso County, Teller County, Douglas County and Pueblo County including the cities and greater metro areas of Colorado Springs, Peyton, Monument, Woodland Park, Pueblo and Castle Rock and the surrounding area.

For a free initial consultation, call us today at (719) 471-8000 or fill out our online form. If you need assistance after the close of normal business hours, you may contact our after-hours access line at (719) 399-0400.


Family Law & Domestic Violence

In a family law practice, protective orders and criminal charges are a frequent issue. Under Colorado law, alleged victims of domestic abuse are able to seek a court order restraining a certain individual who has assaulted the victim or threatened the victim with bodily harm or other torment. To get a temporary protective order, also called a restraining order, an applicant or petitioner must:

  • Appear before a judge without the offender present in an ex parte hearing;
  • Show that the perpetrator assaulted or threatened the petitioner you; and
  • Explain why the petitioner is fearful that the restrained party will cause harm or injury if not restrained.

if the judge finds that an imminent danger exists, he or she will issue a temporary protective order. That temporary order will then be served on the defendant, usually by the sheriff's office or a private process server. At that point, the restrained individual must stay away from the alleged victim and follow any other requirements that the judge included in the temporary order. A permanent protective order hearing will be set sometime within the next two weeks with an ability to have the temporary restraining order go permanent, continue the temporary restraining order in limited circumstances or reach a civil agreement for a no contact order. At attorney will be able to explain the benefits or uses of each potential resolution.

At the permanent protection order hearing, the court will hear from both the alleged victim and the alleged offender, as well as any witnesses that each may offer. If the court finds that the restrained party threatened, assaulted, or caused bodily harm to the victim and, if not restrained, will continue to do so, a permanent protective order will be issued. While the order is permanent, the court may vacate or modify it at a later time depending on the circumstances or whether the order has been violated. A party seeking to change the order must attempt to notify the other party, and the court must conduct another hearing.

In many cases, a victim of domestic violence may contact the police for immediate protection and the other party is arrested and charged criminally. In these cases, an attorney can be crucial in the outcome of the case and may just be the difference between a dismissal or deferred sentence and the alternative jail sentence, probation, extensive domestic violence classes and therapy which the defendant must pay the costs. Defendants may also lose the right to own or possess guns and weapons when charged and also if convicted. Whether you agree with the restrictions or not, Colorado law is stringent on the subject of domestic violence and gun ownership.

Criminal charges and restraining orders based on domestic violence can have a devastating impact not only on your liberty and constitutional rights but also on your career including members of the military.



Estate Planning in Colorado

Another aspect of our comprehensive family law practice is to help our clients make plans for the disposition of their assets and liabilities after they pass away. If you do not make plans in this regard via a will or trust, your estate will be subject to the laws of intestacy, which are the default laws that dictate where your assets will go. In other words, the State, rather than you, will decide who administers your estate and who receives your property.

A good estate plan is important for everyone, but it is especially critical if you have minor children, children from a previous marriage, significant assets or a large amount of property. In a will, you can decide who will be in charge of carrying out your wishes, direct how your property will be divided, and make special provisions for charity or the care of pets, if you desire

A will can later be revoked or modified if your situation or preferences change. The attorneys of the Drexler Law Group take pride in protecting the property of our clients especially the property, assets and children's rights protected throughout a divorce or custody dispute. Our attorneys can draft your will, powers of attorney, medical and healthcare directives and can utilize other estate planning tools for the benefit of our clients.

The knowledge you expect,
The compassion you deserve.

We appreciate that you are looking for dedicated and zealous representation and someone to fight for your rights. When you call The Drexler Law Group, that's exactly what you'll get. The attorneys and staff at The Drexler Law Group are friendly, experienced and professional. We are client-centered, results-focused and loyal advocates for our clients.

Don't hesitate to contact us immediately to schedule a consultation. You can call us at (719) 471-8000, or email us at