What Types of Law Does Divorce Matters Practice?

Just from our name, it’s easy to tell that we excel in divorce law, but what other kinds of cases can Divorce Matters handle? We are a law firm specializing in family law. Family law covers a wide variety of different cases including:


Estate Planning

Divisions of Marital Property

An important part of the divorce process in Colorado is figuring out how to divide marital property. The procedure generally involves two steps. First, it must be determined what marital property is. Second, the marital property must be divided equitably

Spousal Maintenance

In Colorado, neither spouse has an automatic right to maintenance. The court may award maintenance only if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance lacks sufficient property to meet their reasonable needs and, in addition, is either unable to support themselves through appropriate employment or should not be required to seek employment because of child care responsibilities. Divorce Matters has lots of experience in Spousal Maintenance negotiations and our attorneys are the perfect choice to help you!

Child Custody

When children are involved, the divorce process doesn’t end once the final paperwork is filed. With children come often contentious and painful negotiations about and modification of parental rights, parenting time, and custody. Our team has deep experience dealing with child custody and parental rights issues and we believe it is our duty and an imperative to help couples address custody and rights issues in ways that reduce the impact of divorce and protect children in the process.

Child Support

In Colorado, child support is based on strict guidelines dictated by state laws and statutes. The issue of child support is separate and distinct from the issue of parenting time, and child support payments may not be conditioned upon parenting time. Due to these strict laws, it is important to have guidance from an expert attorney throughout the process.

Post Decree Modifications

Have your circumstances changed since your divorce? Have you lost your job? Has your ex-spouse received a salary increase? Did your ex-spouse fail to disclose financial matters during the dissolution of marriage? Once your divorce is finalized, fortunately, not everything in your original separation agreement or parenting plan is set in stone. Courts recognize that circumstances change, and, sometimes, spouses hide income or assets during the divorce process. Depending on the exact circumstances of your case, you may have a variety of options post-decree. In the following sections, we explore your options in modifying maintenance, child support, parenting time, custody, and decision-making, as well as how you can reopen your property division.

Mediation and Arbitration

Mediation and arbitration are perfect options for anyone going through a divorce. Both options allow the partners to take more control in the divorce, as well as keep the process out of court. Not only does Divorce Matters represent clients through mediation and arbitration, but we also have a mediator on staff!

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence happens to people in all classes, statuses, and ranks in life, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, education, profession, or socioeconomic status. The unfortunate reality is that one in four women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, resulting in an estimated 1.3 million women becoming victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

Contempt of Court

After having gone through a divorce or once you have some orders from the court, you may at some point find yourself on either end of a contempt of court action if one of the parties is not complying with the orders. If you find yourself on either end of a contempt action, Divorce Matters is here to help!

Unbundled Legal Services

Unbundled legal services are the perfect solution for anyone not ready to jump into full-scale representation. With unbundled services, you can hire an attorney at their hourly rate to help you with specific aspects of your legal troubles, like filing paperwork or gathering documents!

Common-Law Marriage

The state of Colorado allows couples to enter into common law marriage. However, the parameters of common law marriage can be hazy and difficult to understand, just like common law divorce


If your case falls under family law, we can help with your appeal!

Prenuptial Agreements

While there are a million things to plan when a couple decides to marry, often the most difficult to discuss with your future partner is the possible need for a prenuptial agreement. While this subject is not the most romantic or exciting part of wedding planning, a couple contemplating marriage in Colorado may need to consider entering into a prenuptial agreement, or a contract before marriage.

Military Divorce

To thank our Military service members, we even offer 10% off of legal fees! This discount is offered to all active and retired service members, veterans, and military spouses.

Thomas Legal Firm

While Divorce Matters only deals in family law, we do have a sister law firm that offers other services. Thomas Law Firm deals with Criminal matters as well as Civil Law matters, including general litigation, civil rights, workers’ compensation, and business defense litigation.

What is an Estate Planning Attorney?

Estate planning is very important, and people often don’t think about it until it’s too late. It can be a useful tool to save your assets for your children and grandchildren and to set them up to be successful.

What is an estate?

An estate is someone’s entire net worth, including their possessions, any properties they own, and of course, any cash. The word estate particularly refers to all of these assets in relation to your death.

What does an estate planning attorney do?

An estate planning attorney is a lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the laws regarding how your estate will be managed, valued, inventoried, and dispersed after your death. An estate planning attorney can help you manage your assets, divide them up, and pass them on in a way that is both legal and the most advantageous for you and your successors. This just means that an estate planning attorney will work to maintain as many of your assets as possible throughout the process, to keep them safe from taxes or other fees.

What can an estate panning attorney help me do, specifically?

An estate planning attorney has various functions. The first possible way an estate attorney can help you is by creating your will. Through your will, an attorney will be able to designate your beneficiaries. Your beneficiaries are the people that will receive anything from your will, whether that be money or property or even material goods. Along those lines, estate attorneys can also set up any trusts you may need to protect your assets. Trusts can be helpful because they protect your assets, both during your lifetime in the event that you are incapacitated and after your death, for the benefit of your beneficiaries. Estate attorneys can also establish power of attorney and medical durable power of attorney, who would speak on your behalf if you could no longer do so because of medical reasons. And finally, estate attorneys can help you at making the process of creating a will and choosing beneficiaries smoother. This includes avoiding and reducing taxes when possible and avoiding the probate court process, as well.

To speak with a Divorce Matters attorney about estate planning, contact us today and ask for Miguel Mondragon, our resident estate planning expert!

What Is A Durable Power of Attorney? Do I Need One?

What is a durable power of attorney?

A power of attorney is a document that authorizes someone else to handle certain matters on your behalf. These matters can be legal, financial, or medical. An ordinary power of attorney expires if you become mentally incompetent to make any decisions, whereas a durable power of attorney includes specific wording that keeps it effective even in the event of incapacitation. The main purpose of making a power of attorney durable is to plan for medical emergencies or a decline in mental state and have someone appointed to make decisions for you when you cannot. This power of attorney can take effect immediately after signing or can only become effective if you become incapacitated.

Do I need a durable power of attorney?

It is recommended that everyone have a durable power of attorney so in the event something does happen, your named durable power of attorney will have the ability to handle your financial and medical decisions if you cannot. In order to prepare ahead and avoid any difficulties for your loved ones if a situation were to arise, it is best to have a durable power of attorney in place. Most people only think that a power of attorney is needed once you reach retirement or older. However, a power of attorney and other estate planning documents (Link) are beneficial for all adults, no matter your situation, in case of any emergency that might leave you incompetent.

Do I need to update my power of attorney documents if I’m getting a divorce?

Updating your power of attorney documents is important to consider when going through a divorce, or any other life changing event. If you are going through a divorce, you likely wouldn’t want your soon to be ex making medical or financial decisions on your behalf. In this case, it is best to update your powers of attorney to another trusted individual who can best look after your medical and financial interests.

It is always best to talk to an estate planning attorney when creating or updating your estate planning documents to make sure you have the most legally sound plan in place for your best interests. Our attorney Miguel Mondragon is an expert in estate planning law, so if you need these documents crafted or updated please contact us today.