In each Colorado case there are two parties: the Petitioner who files the case, and the Respondent, sometimes called the Co-Petitioner if both parties agree to file.
Your case will ordinarily begin with the filing of the Petition, either for Dissolution or Legal Separation. The Drexler Law Group can help you whether you are intending to file, have already filed, or are the Responding Party. After the case has been filed with the Court, the Respondent must be served via Process Server or sign a Waiver of Service.
Within 30 days of filing the Petition, your case may be set for an Initial Status Conference. At the Initial Status Conference, often times referred to simply as ISC, the Magistrate Judge or Court Facilitator should provide the parties with deadlines for other significant stages of your case.
As your case moves forward from the Initial Status Conference, ISC, you will have several items to complete, depending on your type of case.
A temporary orders hearing can be scheduled if the parties require court orders pertaining to child support, parenting time, or marital property prior to the Final Orders Hearing. As you might expect, the Temporary Orders Hearing usually results in orders intended to be temporary while the parties work towards a final resolution or prepare to present their case to the judge at a Final Orders Hearing.
Prior to a Temporary Orders Hearing, the parties and the attorneys should conduct a good-faith settlement conference in which the attorneys and parties explore settlement on any temporary issues. We have enjoyed success in resolving the entire case by using effective negotiation and advocacy skills, which allow us to better explain the real issues involved and to explore creative solutions that will work in unique circumstances.
Standing judicial orders require mediation in almost every domestic relations or family law case. If any issue is contested, mediation will be a necessary step in your divorce or family law matter process.
If an agreement can be reached at Mediation, the mediator or the attorneys can prepare a Memorandum of Understanding that both parties sign as evidence of an agreement.
A successful mediation also removes a large amount of uncertainty. If an agreement is reach, you would have had a part in crafting the agreement and would know immediately the terms of the agreement.
If your case cannot be settled at Mediation or by negotiation prior to mediation, it will be set for a Final Orders Hearing.
At the Final Orders Hearing, both parties will have the opportunity to call witnesses, and present exhibits and evidence to support their position. The judge reviews all aspects of the case and makes a final ruling.
Without a doubt, a significant amount of post-decree work (i.e. after the final orders or final decree is entered) is intended to modify prior orders.
In the event your case proceeds to a Final Orders Hearing, you will have the confidence of knowing that The Drexler Law Group has prepared your case, has tendered the correct evidence and legal support, has reached out to the appropriate experts and has prepared you for your day in court. This will be a familiar process in our representation; we will be prepared and we will let you know what to expect throughout the entire process.
To prepare for your Final Orders Hearing, you may request that an expert be appointed to determine the best interests of your children. In Colorado, you may have a CFI, Child Family Investigator, or a PRE, Parental Responsibilities Evaluator assigned to your case.
The attorneys at The Drexler Law Group understand that the process of domestic relations and family law might be new to you. Take comfort, however, that the process is quite familiar to our law practice, and we have succeeded in representing our clients through the entire process.
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 email@example.com.