Brighter Day℠ Law firm recognizes that cases involving divorce are sensitive and difficult to deal with. We understand that it’s never easy to file for divorce or child custody – that’s why we offer guidance and professional legal assistance to help you pursue the right path.
We recognize that your family rights need protection, and we don’t want you to be another case to us. Our Nashville and Colorado Springs divorce lawyers approach each case with high attention to detail and focus to ensure we offer the best personalized legal representation possible.
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Experienced Lawyers Help Clients Navigate Complex Family Law Matters in Colorado – Including El Paso County, Teller County, and Pueblo County – and Throughout Tennessee
At Brighter Day℠ Law, we understand the importance of family. Your family means everything to you, in both relationship and financial terms. That’s why we take family law cases with the seriousness and care they deserve. Whether you’re about to get married, are in the process of leaving a marriage, or need help dealing with changes to a divorce agreement, an experienced Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney at Brighter Day℠ Law can help you deal with this emotional time.
We know you want to get to a better place sooner rather than later. And depending on your situation, you’ll need the services of a compassionate Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney. You can find one at Brighter Day℠ Law.
And if you’re lucky enough to have a spouse or parent of your child with whom you’re on good terms, that’s great! But even then, family law can be quite complex. At Brighter Day℠ Law we know that it’s good to have a skilled family law practitioner on your side to help you no matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case.
We Handle These Colorado and Tennessee Family Law Matters
At Brighter Day℠ Law we help families with their legal matters in Southern Colorado (including El Paso County, Teller County, and Pueblo County) and Middle Tennessee (including Chatham, Davidson County, Montgomery County, Sumner County, Robertson County, Williamson County, and Wilson County). If you’re looking for some legal guidance before marriage or are engaged in a contentious divorce, our office will provide the legal representation you need.
With years of litigation experience, our experienced attorneys have no problem handling a number of matrimonial matters, including:
- Divorce: The processing of ending a divorce can be either contested or uncontested. Even when uncontested, you’ll want a Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney to make sure the wishes of you and your spouse are legally enforceable and recognized by the court. This is especially true concerning children.
- Same-sex divorce: Colorado has recognized same-sex marriage since 2014. And like many other traditional marriages, they sometimes end in divorce. Similarly, the state of Tennessee has issued licenses for same-sex marriages since 2015. Likewise, same-sex divorce became legal on the same date.
- Child custody: Deciding on a child custody arrangement is often the most difficult part of a divorce, both legally and emotionally. It usually takes a family law attorney to ensure you get the most time legally possible with your child.
- Child support: You and the parent of your child both want what’s best for your child, but may disagree on how to provide what’s best. At Brighter Day℠ Law, we make sure your child gets what’s best for them in a manner that’s also as fair as possible for everyone involved.
- Alimony: Other states might refer to this as spousal support, but it’s usually called alimony in Colorado. There are several types, depending on the financial situation of each spouse. There are also a variety of factors a court will consider when awarding alimony. Alternately, there are four types of alimony in Tennessee: alimony in futuro (also called periodic alimony), transitional alimony, rehabilitative alimony, and alimony in solido (also called lump-sum alimony).
- Modifications and terminations: During a divorce, you may come into an agreement with your spouse about any number of things, such as child support, custody, and alimony. But unforeseen circumstances can occur later on. This requires the need to change or end certain parts of a marital settlement agreement.
- Prenuptial agreements: Prenuptial agreements are marital contracts that typically outline what will happen in case the marriage ends. Having a Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney prepare the prenuptial agreement and provide legal advice before signing it will help with its potential enforceability.
When it comes to family law, a lot of what we see revolves around divorce. Other times, there’s no divorce, but we’re talking about other very important and sensitive issues, including the right to be with your child or providing financial support for a child or ex-spouse.
Regardless of your family law problem or question, we are ready to help. Contact us today to discuss your family law matter with an experienced Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law Matters in Colorado and Tennessee
FAQ: Is Colorado or Tennessee a state that recognizes common law marriages?
Colorado has recognized common law marriage as legal and binding since 1877 and is one of twelve states to do so. Common law marriage is a type of marriage where a couple living and acting like a married couple could be considered legally married. This is even if they never had a marriage ceremony or obtained a marriage license. A common law marriage is established when the parties mutually consent to be husband and wife. Only legal divorce or death of one of the parties may terminate common law marriage.
Tennessee, on the other hand, is not a common law marriage state. Cohabiting for years in this state while claiming to be married cannot form a valid marriage contract.
FAQ: Am I required to have a lawyer for my divorce in Colorado or Tennessee?
Generally speaking, you are not required to have an attorney. But it’s a very good idea to have one. A divorce can cost a lot and it’s very tempting to try and save money by handling it yourself, or “pro se.” But not doing it the right way the first time can cost even more. Even if you get along well with your spouse and agree on all the terms of the divorce, it’s good to have an attorney to make sure everything is being taken care of properly.
FAQ: What is equitable distribution in a Colorado or Tennessee divorce?
Colorado and Tennessee are both equitable distribution states, which means property that a married couple obtains during the marriage will generally be classified as marital property and therefore subject to equitable distribution. Equitable distribution is the process in which a court will separate the joint debts and assets of the couple.
In many cases, a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement can control how equitable distribution will take place during a divorce. But in many divorces, there are no such agreements to fall back on.
Therefore, courts will look at a variety of factors to decide how to most fairly divide the assets and debts among two divorcing spouses. These factors may include:
- How long the couple was married.
- The tax implications when dividing property.
- The financial situation of each spouse.
- The standard of living the couple enjoyed during the marriage.
- Any professional sacrifices a spouse may have made during the marriage.
- Any contributions of either spouse in increasing or decreasing the value of the marital property during the marriage.
There are many other factors a court will consider, so it’s best to speak with a Nashville and Colorado Springs family law attorney to know what to expect during the equitable distribution process.
For more frequently asked questions and answers about family law matters in Colorado and Tennessee, visit our Family Law FAQs page.
Do You Need Help with Your Tennessee or Colorado Family Law Matter?
If you find yourself wondering what your legal options are in your Tennessee or Colorado family law matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us. During our initial consultation, we will quickly address your legal questions and decide on the best way to protect your interests, as well as those of your children.