Divorce Helping Families Through Legal Conflict and Into a Positive Future

Colorado Divorce Process

Helping Our Clients Preserve Their Best Interests

At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our attorneys partner with each client to come up with a personalized solution that will fit their specific situation. Only you know what support you need at this moment in time, and our lawyers will listen to your thoughts and goals before crafting a personalized strategy to help you achieve these goals.

Call our Colorado Springs divorce attorneys today at (719) 626-8530!

Our attorneys are responsible for their own cases; however, they work closely as a team to solve any issue that may arise. When you are a client of Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, you will have the expertise, experience and support of the entire firm. We are here for you and our goal is to offer you hope for the future. We will be with you in this extremely difficult moment, but we will focus on how to get you to a much better place.

Knies, Helland & McPherson Law works with couples to find the most dignified path for them. They handle traditional divorces but also have experience in mediation and offer divorce coaching and other a la carte services. They understand that going through a divorce is excruciating, and with sensitivity and grace, they partner with each client to come up with a customized solution that meets each person’s needs and goals.

How Our Attorneys Can Help

When we begin a marriage, we all assume it will last. We even dream that we will spend the rest of our lives together. And while that happens for some, for others, life circumstances change, personalities change, and relationships change. As that happens, there are some instances when divorce is a better option than remaining in a failing marriage, or worse, in an abusive or toxic one. If that is the case for you, it is important that you understand your options.

All our divorce lawyers at Knies, Helland & McPherson Law focus on family law. Divorce court can be messy and complex. Going with experienced lawyers who know the local laws, court, attorneys, and bench will be to your advantage. In most cases, we can avoid the courtroom and settle the divorce in mediation – that will save you time, money, and heartache, but also best assure you get a fair outcome. However, if your case needs to go to a contested hearing, we have years of success in the courtroom and with arbitration. When you hire our attorneys, you will get a real-life assessment of your case from start to finish in real time. We will discuss the financial and emotional pros and cons of each option and assist you in looking at both short- and long-term consequences of your decisions. While we will guide you in making decisions in your case with real advice, you ultimately hold the power to make final decisions.

At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, we have created a new approach to divorce. We provide traditional divorce services, but we also provide coaching, mediation, and a la carte services to help fit your needs. We will work with you to come up with the personalized solution that will help you the most.

What Is Divorce?

To put it simply, a divorce is a legal action taken by married people to lawfully terminate the marital relationship. In some cases, it is referred to as the dissolution of a marriage, which essentially is the legal action that ends the marriage prior to the death of either spouse.

There are essentially five types of divorce, some of which can coexist, they are:

  1. No-Fault: In this type of divorce, the necessity to find fault is taken away, and the divorce is based on the grounds of the breakdown of the marriage itself. Colorado is a no-fault divorce state.
  2. Collaborative: In this type of divorce, each spouse hires his or her own attorney, and the parties meet to amicably settle the terms of the divorce.
  3. Mediated: In a mediated divorce, the spouses together hire a mediator or facilitator to oversee the communication regarding the divorce and outcome.
  4. Contested: When the spouses are unable to agree on all terms and conditions of their divorce and must go to a hearing with different positions.
  5. Uncontested: When the spouses can agree on the terms of the divorce without a legal proceeding, it is known as an uncontested divorce.

Why You Need a Divorce Attorney

You’ve likely known people who have gone through a long, drawn-out divorce process as well as a few who have ended their marriage without a lot of fuss. So, what’s the difference, and how do you know if you need to contact a divorce attorney, like Knies, Helland & McPherson Law?

The answer depends on several different factors. If you and your spouse are struggling to come to mutual decisions over your children, finances, and property, you may benefit from the legal counsel of a divorce lawyer. Likewise, if the marriage has already turned emotionally distressing or is charged with a lot of anger, contacting an attorney can help you peaceably work through your differences and come to a resolution. Just be sure that you and your spouse hire individuals who are amicable to not “pour more fuel on the fire,” so to speak.

It likely goes without saying, but if you suspect or have evidence of abuse – spousal, child, sexual, or substance – then it is best to hire a lawyer to negotiate appropriately and to advise you of your legal rights and responsibilities. Finally, it is also wise to hire a lawyer if your spouse has already hired an attorney, particularly if you have children and/or are facing complicated financial decisions.

How Long Can the Divorce Process Take?

Before filing for divorce, most individuals want to know how long the process will take. In all reality, there is no “standard” for how long a divorce takes. The length of the process depends on a number of different factors.

The length of time a divorce takes is based on:

  • Your state of residence
  • The type of divorce for which you are filing
  • The ease with which you can locate your spouse
  • The assets involved
  • The issue of custody
  • Your concern over hidden assets
  • Whether or not you or your spouse are self-employed or own a business
  • Your local family court’s log of cases
  • Appointment of an expert

There are several ways you can expedite the divorce process. If you want to make the experience as quick and painless as possible, then you and your spouse will need to come to an agreement on several issues, including property and debt, parenting time and decision-making, child and spousal support, health and life insurance, and any other issues specific to your case. Likewise, making sure that you first meet your state’s residency requirements and that your papers are correct and complete when filing will make the process move more efficiently. If you choose to do so, working with a knowledgeable firm like Knies, Helland & McPherson Law can help.

Why You Need a Divorce Attorney

Many couples are tempted to file for divorce on their own using court-provided documents and information. While going this route can work in some cases, it is typically in your best interest to hire an attorney to represent your interests or to ensure that the agreement that you craft is thorough.

An attorney can:

  • Provide expert advice: An experienced divorce lawyer will help ensure your rights are protected in the event of a divorce. Likewise, he or she will help settle any complicated issues regarding custody, debt, income, or other concerns.
  • Reduce stress: If you choose to work with an attorney, you will need to provide him or her with relevant information regarding the grounds of the divorce, but beyond that, the attorney will do the work for you and act as a sounding board for your decisions.
  • Avoid mistakes: It is easy to make mistakes when completing your own divorce because the legal system is complicated, and you are likely under a lot of stress. An attorney can help you navigate these issues.
  • Present a binding agreement: The court system will review any divorce documents presented; however, working with an attorney will ensure that the agreement that is delivered is clear and binding both in your eyes and the eyes of the court.
  • Circumvent delays: While any individual can use the court-provided documents to file, should you make any mistakes or complete improper forms, you may run into delays. Working with an attorney will help you avoid such issues.

Let Our Lawyers Guide You Through Your Divorce

Whatever you do, do not try to complete your divorce on your own. Ultimately, it will not likely cost you less. There is too much at risk and chances are, you will miss important steps in the process. At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, our inexpensive divorce lawyers will not only represent you in the court of law, but we are there to support you emotionally throughout the process.

Contact us online today at (719) 626-8530 to schedule your personalized consultation to discuss your case in full confidentiality.

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Former Clients Share Their Experiences
  • What a friendly, considerate, and professional operation - thanks!

    “What a friendly, considerate, and professional operation - thanks!”

    - Glenn
  • At trial, she was responsive to the witnesses and testimony and was able to adjust her approach to make sure that the judge heard us. She’s a natural in the courtroom.

    “At trial, she was responsive to the witnesses and testimony and was able to adjust her approach to make sure that the judge heard us. She’s a natural in the courtroom.”

    - Jessica H.
  • They do the hard work! That helps alleviate some stress, so I can focus on my children, and live in the present. I do not know where I’d be without them.

    “They do the hard work! That helps alleviate some stress, so I can focus on my children, and live in the present. I do not know where I’d be without them.”

    - Angela B.
  • Despite all the odds stacked against me, she was able to secure custody and amicable divorce terms when all seemed lost.

    “Despite all the odds stacked against me, she was able to secure custody and amicable divorce terms when all seemed lost.”

    - T Fara
  • She was meticulous and fought incredibly hard for me. Her staff is top-notch.

    “She was meticulous and fought incredibly hard for me. Her staff is top-notch.”

    - Patrick
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What Sets Us Apart?

Dedication. Experience. Results.
  • Experience

    The partners and attorneys at Knies, Helland & McPherson are seasoned litigators with decades of combined courtroom experience. We help clients transition into the next phase of their life. 

  • Clients Come First

    Our Attorneys believe you can part ways with a loved one with dignity and respect, without harming your children. They also believe divorce and mediation can be much less confrontational and toxic, and far less expensive.

  • Personalized Service

    When you work with our team, you will get a customized plan that best fits your unique situation. No two cases are the same and our attorneys understand this.

  • Team Oriented

    As Mothers and friends, our approach is unique in that we work collectively as a team. Our firm's number one priority is the success of our clients. We strongly believe that the best outcomes come about when we collaborate.