Every Divorce is Unique
Divorces, indeed all family law issues, are different, unique in fact. Halligan LLC understands the uniqueness of your situation. No two clients are ever the same. No two divorces ever start the same.
Halligan LLC knows the divorce experience differs greatly from client to client for the simple reason clients come to us from widely divergent circumstances.
Some see us in the very early stages of contemplating a split with their spouse. Some come to us reeling after being unexpectedly served a summons and complaint for divorce by their spouse. Some may have an inkling that their spouse is considering dissolving the marriage and want to explore the legal implications in advance. Sometimes, both spouses may have discussed and put off divorce for years – for a variety of reasons – and have finally decided that the time is right. And, every once in a while, someone comes to us because they have noticed changes with their spouse that are concerning and want to explore all their options before a crisis develops.
Different people have different situations with different needs and concerns. We are here to guide them toward the best solution . . . for the best outcome.
Working with Our Clients
The possibility of divorce conjures up many – many – thoughts, many of them conflicting, all of them intense:
- “What will my life look like after divorce?”
- “Will I get to keep the house?”
- “How often will I see the kids?”
- “Will I be happier?”
- “What do I do while the case is pending?”
Halligan LLC consults with our clients through every stage of divorce while working with them to explore the different avenues available for divorce. We work through those questions one by one, as well as the new questions that will invariably pop up as the case proceeds.
We counsel people in selecting the divorce process that is best for them and their circumstances. If you are the initiator, you may have the option of deciding how you want to go forward to work through your conflict. If you are not, we will work closely with you to develop your best response and best path moving forward.
Halligan LLC is not afraid of a fight. We litigate when the situation calls for it. More importantly, we have the experience, judgment, and temperament to know when aggressive tactics are best applied, and when they will be counterproductive and do little more than run up your costs, increase your anxiety, and harden the other side.
We keep an effective balance throughout the matter.
You Have Options
We believe a non-adversarial approach to a marriage dissolution is often best for our clients and their families. When and wherever possible. Halligan LLC is committed to kind and fair resolutions.
We are fluent in mediation and traditional litigated divorce and are skilled in explaining all options to our clients.
Halligan LLC understands you may feel emotionally overwhelmed and unprepared to make major decisions during your divorce knowing your decisions will affect you and your family for years to come.
We are adept at guiding clients – step by step – through every issue that must be addressed in divorce:
- property division
- maintenance and spousal support
- child custody and visitation, and child support.
We will carefully and compassionately explain each issue as they arise while developing strategies to meet your needs.
Division of Property
Colorado is an equitable division state and the court will divide the marital estate according to equity principles. “Equitable” is not the same as “equal.” When determining how to divide marital property, the court will take into consideration all relevant factors, such as the economic circumstances of each spouse at the time of dividing the property, the contribution of a spouse as a homemaker, the value of each spouse’s separate property, any increases or decreases in this property, and depletion of separate property.
Child Custody, Visitation, and Child Support
If you have children, the allocation of parental responsibilities and child support are centrally important. We understand how the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) impacts child custody jurisdiction. We also specialize in multi-jurisdictional litigation for divorce and custody, which can happen when a spouse lives in one state but must go through divorce litigation in a different state. Because different jurisdictions may have different laws about custody, child support, and other aspects of divorce, a knowledgeable and effective attorney is crucial to ensure your and your children’s interests are fully and fairly represented.
High Asset and Out of State Divorce
Divorce cases involving complex, diverse, or high-value assets and income, including businesses, trusts, separate property, and hidden assets, can be very complicated and require expert guidance. Retirement accounts, offshore bank accounts, royalties, deferred compensation, bonuses, inheritances, and gifts can add another layer of complexity. We are also experienced with receiverships, which is an extremely rare but sometimes necessary process when a party is hiding or dissipating assets.
Our firm has extensive experience working with high-asset divorce and out-of-state divorce issues. Divorce is a challenging experience for everyone, those involved in high-asset divorces face additional complexities in protecting assets, dividing businesses, and much more. Professional and entrepreneurs, of course, face the same challenges.
Out-of-state divorce, of course, adds layers of complications. Out-of-state divorce and custody cases are difficult, factually complex, and often emotionally volatile. We can and will take you through all the ramifications.