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Expert legal advice.
Personal approach.

So you can focus on what matters most.

To build a better future for our clients by providing the counsel and wisdom to navigate change, and the service, innovation and tenacity to create their future anew.

To bring a human approach to legal services.

Our Values


Our team serves our clients with integrity, both in our legal practice and in our client service.

Our team genuinely understands how difficult the divorce process can be and we do not take lightly the fact that you are entrusting us with very important life matters. You can always count on our team to be transparent throughout the entire process.


Our team serves every client with tenacity.

Our team’s strength of will, persistence, and determination makes us a tenacious force that sets us apart. We are passionate about whole-heartedly serving our clients and guiding them toward the best possible outcome.


Our team's compassion for our clients is the product of our human approach to practicing family law.

Our clients are real people with real stories, real futures, and real possibilities. This is why serving our clients with a compassionate approach is one of our core values. Our compassion for our clients delivers a more personalized approach which in turn makes our clients feel more seen, heard and known as we build a new future with them.


Our team's commitment to legal excellence is backed by more than 100 years of combined legal experience.

Divorce Matter’s excellence comes from the law books and the trenches. Nothing can substitute for real life courtroom experience tempered with the knowledge to mediate and negotiate. Every attorney brings book smarts and street wisdom to our clients. Our experience come from serving thousands of clients with concerns just like yours.

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Who We Are

A collaborative, tenacious team of divorce attorneys with the ability to deliver for you.

Our team at Divorce Matters® has helped thousands of families across Colorado move past their divorce and on to a fresh start. Each divorce attorney at our firm is a part of a team with more than 100 years of combined legal experience, providing you with excellence in legal practice. We are committed to being strong, but compassionate, advocates for you.

Here what more than 100 of our clients have to say here.

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The Team

Douglas A. Thomas

Douglas A. Thomas


Kathlyn A. Laraway

Kathlyn A. Laraway


William E. Smith

William E. Smith


Bridget T. Finn

Bridget T. Finn


David H. Kalisek

David H. Kalisek


Ashley L. Balicki

Ashley L. Balicki


Justin J. Oliver

Justin J. Oliver


William D. Taylor

William D. Taylor


Kimberly N. Moreno

Kimberly N. Moreno


Miguel C. Mondragon

Miguel C. Mondragon


Theresa L. Ferriolo

Theresa L. Ferriolo


Colorado Attorney Ariel E. Williams

Ariel E. Williams


Colorado Attorney Ciara M. Anderson

Ciara M. Anderson


Colorado Attorney & Partner Emily Ahnell

Emily F. Ahnell


Colorado Attorney Elizabeth "Ashlee" Shaw-GonzalesColorado Attorney Elizabeth "Ashlee" Shaw-Gonzales

Elizabeth “Ashlee” Shaw-Gonzales


Colorado Attorney Alexander B. Carlson

Alexander B. Carlson


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Company Culture

What it's like to be a part of the Divorce Matters® Team

At Divorce Matters® our firm believes in taking care of our employees with the same care that we take with our clients. Our company supports our employees on both a professional and personal level by providing opportunities for career growth so our employees know they are valued and are given the tools they need to be their best; comprehensive health benefits so that our employees never have to compromise their or their families well-being; retirement options that allow our employees to prepare for their future; and a healthy dose of fun and a work-hard/play-hard mentality so our employees remember to live in the moment and never forget to enjoy the little things.

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What Our Clients Say

Hear what more than a hundred of our clients have to say.

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  • Justin Oliver and Tara Adkins were very professional and responsive to any of my inquiries. They responded quickly to any of my emails/phone calls. I was happy to have Justin Oliver as my attorney. Strongly recommend!

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    Asel Ismailova

    William Smith is our attorney. We cannot imagine working with a more qualified and responsive attorney. Attorney Smith was continually informing us on what was next and is extremely competent when it comes family and domestic law. This has been... read more

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    Lizzy Marie
  • They did everything that they could for me! Very honest. Always kept me updated. I asked a lot of questions & they answered every single one. Even gave me advice after my case If I do need anymore help... read more

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    Mike Tabarez

    My experience with the Divorce Matters was my very best experience with the law firm. The team members I communicated with were excellent and very responsive and guide, excellent communication especially Hortencia. She is an awesome member of the team.... read more

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    Praim Mangar
  • Miguel and Tara were both so very helpful during my divorce process. They always emailed me back with all of my questions and Miguel was very professional and exceeded my expectations! I would highly recommend this team! They had my... read more

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    Heather Kissell

    Will Smith (and Molly Damrow) did a great job. He made a difficult situation bearable and was very helpful and informative throughout the process. Extremely responsive and the one you want in your corner when things are tough. Fully recommend.

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  • I have worked with Justin Oliver and Tara Adkins
    They have been very responsive and dedicated to my case and they both have worked hard to resolve any issues that arrived. Tara has been wonderful in helping me even on her...
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    T.L. Johnson

    After going through one attorney that did nothing for me but run up my bill, I was blessed to find Miguel Mondragon and his law firm. I have never met an attorney who was so sharp and intelligent. He ALWAYS... read more

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    Garett Kofahl
  • I have worked with Justin Oliver and Tara Adkins for the past two years. I work in the title insurance industry and have assisted on several transactions I have completed. Both Tara and Justin are very responsive and knowledgeable when... read more

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    Emma Ainsworth

    Will Smith is a smart and strategic advocate for his clients. I had 2 motions to restrict me from seeing my children overturned both times, all due to the caliber of the team Divorce Matters brings to the table! I... read more

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    Joe Bartleson
  • Theresa and Hortencia are the dream team! I’ve had a previous family attorney that never became invested in my situation and I always felt like another check to cash. These women took the time to... read more

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    Meg A

    Justin Oliver & his team got me through the hardest time in my life . I was married 20 years, 1 new college student & 1 in high school, I was moving 2000 miles away and halfway through COVID.Tara heard... read more

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    Tammy Haller
  • Still in the middle of my Divorce, yet so far I have been very pleased with my team. Miguel and Jenni have been great to work with. Responding timely to any question via phone or email, detailing what I was... read more

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    Clint Burkholder

    Divorce matters is amazing, William Taylor and Brandi Muller are exceptional. They are extremely professional and helpful. Anything i asked, suggested, or had questions on they were right there for me. I was in close contact with them throughout my... read more

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    Rudy Santistevan
  • I've worked with Justin Oliver and Tara Adkins and love seeing passion and hard work they put into each case. Whenever I pick up documents for them to serve, things are organized, detailed and they have great communication. I would... read more

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    John Ritterhouse

    Divorce can be traumatic for most. Leaving you with so much pain, uncertainty, feeling helpless and hopeless. For many its like the end of the world. I don't wish this in anyone. Always carefully consider what you're doing. Making life... read more

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    Mon T
  • William Smith was able to help me fix some errors in my final orders post divorce. It was a huge help and in the long run will save me money. I felt they billed me fairly and gave... read more

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    Rebecca Milner

    From the first moment I spoke with Justin Oliver at Divorce Matters, I felt like I was in good hands. I then met Tara Adkins, the paralegal, and she put me at ease every step of the way. From the... read more

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About Us


At Divorce Matters® we believe in giving back to the Colorado community.

At Divorce Matters® it is important to us that we support and invest back into our local community. Beyond sponsoring scholarships for recent graduates, we also donate to several non-profits in our Colorado community throughout the year, including Knights of Heroes, Maria Droste Counseling, and the Denver Rescue Mission.

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Awards and Accolades

The National Advocates: Top 40 under 40

Top 40 under 40 are national, interconnected invitation-only professional honorary, networking, educational and leadership organizations composed of top attorneys from each state or region who take pride in guiding and representing individuals and families that need an advocate on their side in the American legal system. The National Advocates: Top 40 under 40 exemplify superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence and performance in their area of specialty.


Accredited by the Better Business Bureau

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2020 Colorado Rising Stars List

We are proud to announce the selection of four of our attorneys, William Smith, Kathlyn Laraway, Ashley Balicki and David Kalisek, to the 2020 Colorado Rising Stars list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in Colorado. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

2020 Super Lawyers List

We are proud to announce the selection of managing partner, Douglas Thomas to the 2020 Colorado Super Lawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than 5 percent of attorneys in Colorado. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our research process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”.