Family Law

Family law issues are among the most delicate and emotionally charged that anyone faces.  Bergford Law Group, LLC works to make the process understandable and as reasonable as it can be.  We handle post-decree conflicts involving child support, parenting time, abandonment, and protection orders.  Your family is immeasurably important.  Your law firm should recognize and honor that fact by providing the very best legal counsel available. Bergford Law Group honors marriage.  However, when a divorce has already occurred, legal issues can arise that require not only the excellent legal advice necessary to bring about the best resolution to your conflict, but also the insight and sensitivity to help you and your family members through the process with the dignity you deserve. Child Support Parents owe their children a duty of support until their children are 19 and out of high school.  That duty is reflected in Colorado's child support guidelines.  Many factors can come into consideration when determining the proper child support amount for your children.  And, a motion to modify child support can be filed whenever a substantial and continuing change of circumstances occurs that will affect the child support amount by at least 10%. Sometimes a parent is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed.  This means that a parent is found to have avoided work or income opportunities, resulting in the child suffering a lack of proper support, based on what that parent could earn.  The question of whether a parent is voluntarily underemployed or unemployed turns on a variety of factors, including past work history, education and experience, work opportunities, efforts to find appropriate work, and disabilities. Parenting Time Parenting time is another issue that can be extremely contentious.  It is defined by the number of overnights each parent has with a child in a given 12-month period.  Determining the appropriate parenting time can be a difficult process in which the court appoints a neutral Child Family Investigator (CFI) or a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator (PRE) to make recommendations about what is in the child's best interests.  Parents may seek a modification of parenting time not more often than two years from the last such effort.  This restriction serves to prevent parents from re-litigating, in rapid succession, issues that the courts have decided. Parents who ask the court for a modification in parenting time often do so because they feel it is in the best interests of the child to do so.  This is the only appropriate reason to move for a modification.  Some parents, however, try to increase their parenting time to reduce child support payments, and others do so because of an apparent vendetta against the other parent. It is the job of CFIs and PREs to ferret out what is in the best interests of the child and to make informed recommendations based on their investigations of families and their children.  As one might imagine, it is critical that a parent considering any court action related to their children get expert legal counsel regarding the strength of the case they are considering and the sorts of outcomes available under the circumstances.  Bergford Law Group, LLC provides precisely the legal counsel on family law issues that clients can trust.