Successfully Refuted Common Law Marriage

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

June 12, 2021 – A common law marriage that ends can be more complicated than a union that went through the formal process. For starters, the parties may disagree on whether their relationship ever constituted a common-law marriage at all.

That was the case for our client, who came to us because his former partner claimed that they were married and he disputed it. Our family law attorneys were able to successfully litigate the issue and disproved that a marriage ever existed.

After our attorneys won the marriage issue, we then successfully negotiated a mutually agreeable parenting time arrangement for the parties’ child.

Increased Parenting Time

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

June 6, 2021 – Child custody cases are not always set in stone. When parents separate or divorce, a judge may issue an initial child custody order that outlines the custody arrangement. However, if circumstances change, the court can modify the order at any point until the child turns 18. All it takes is one parent to request modification with the court and for the judge to agree.

The court can modify the child custody order if a judge finds 1) there has been a substantial change of circumstances affecting the welfare of the child, and 2) that modification is in the best interest of the child.

In this case, our client was concerned that her child’s father was having trouble getting their son to school on time and making sure he completed his schoolwork. Therefore, our family law team filed to increase our client’s parenting time. A court-appointed child and family investigator agreed. At the hearing, our attorneys actually obtained more parenting time for our client than the investigator even recommended.

Dissolution of Marriage with Children

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

May 31, 2021 – Divorce can strain both emotions and finances. Our family law attorneys work hard to minimize that strain for our clients and set them up for a healthy life post-divorce.

In this case, we were able to negotiate the exact terms of the separation agreement and parenting plan the client requested. The plan included allocating our client the entire marital home and all of her retirement account funds,  in addition to no alimony where our client earns significantly more than the opposing party.

Modification of Parenting Time

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

May 25, 2021- Divorce is bad enough, and the problems don’t always end once the papers are signed. When children are involved, the parents unfortunately may continue to have disagreements about the child’s best interests. This is where it is beneficial to have a neutral party, like a family law attorney, who can help reach a solution that will benefit both the child and the parents.

In this case, our client requested assistance with modifying his parenting time and child support. Our family law attorneys attended two hearings with the client and were able to obtain the parenting time and child support modification he requested after contested matters.

Cohabitation Agreement

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

May 6, 2021 – Cohabitation agreements are being requested as more and more couples choose to live together rather than enter into a marriage or civil union.

In this matter, our Family Law Team helped a client create a cohabitation agreement that will protect their assets and interests for the duration of the cohabitating relationship.

Won Grandparent Visitation

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

May 2, 2021 – Grandparents sought the help of our Family Law Team to receive court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren. Grandparent Rights cases are incredibly difficult to obtain positive results. Courts give deference to biological parents. And there are stringent requirements that must be met before a court will order grandparent visitation or custody.

Our Family Law Team faced a particularly difficult opposing counsel who challenged our clients’ case’s standing. However, the court found our client’s case did indeed have standing, and the judge awarded our clients parenting time over the parent’s objection. The court also shot down the parent’s request for attorney fees. This is a MAJOR VICTORY!

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Child Support Modification

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

April 28, 2021 – Agreements over child support can change in the years following a divorce. People’s circumstances change. Old jobs are lost; new jobs are acquired.

In this situation, our client wanted to modify their alimony and child support without going to court. Our attorneys successfully negotiated terms agreeable to both parties. As a result, we were able to achieve a lower monthly payment for our client.

Modify Parenting Plan

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

April 23, 2021 – A parent’s greatest concern is their child’s safety and wellbeing. A Colorado parent approached our Family Law Attorneys with concerns about the environment in the other parent’s home.

Initially, this client’s case began with a post-decree modification that involved a Motion to Restrict Parenting Time.

We were successful in protecting the children from danger in the opposing party’s home. Our client’s parenting time was increased and the parenting plan was modified so our client can better protect their children in the future.

Obtained Permanent Protection Order

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

April 11, 2021 – In this family law case, our client sought a divorce from and a protection order against their spouse. Most importantly, our Family Law Team’s goal was to ensure our client could move forward with their life in a safe and secure way.

We successfully obtained a permanent protection order for our client. Additionally, our client received alimony payments and a favorable property division. The judge also awarded our client some attorney’s fees.

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Divorce & Attorney’s Fees Awarded

Family LawAttorney: Daniel Zarnowski

April 7, 2021 – Divorce is difficult for clients, especially when children are involved. In this case, we obtained the client’s desired parenting time, decision-making responsibilities, and child support. Our client was also awarded attorney’s fees, meaning their ex-spouse would be responsible for paying them.

Past results afford no guarantee of future results; each matter is different and must be judged on its own merits.