When family issues such as divorce (known as dissolution of marriage, in Colorado), legal separation, or other transitions involve children, it can be incredibly emotional and overwhelming for everyone affected. Determining how much time the children will spend with each parent and who will get the authority to make major decisions about their lives can be stressful, contentious, and sad. Not only are these decisions complicated, but they are also extremely consequential. How things like parenting plans, visitation rights, and other aspects of custody are set will have a major impact on your life, your children’s lives, your relationship with them, the other parent’s life, and the lives of other family members. That’s why it is so important to choose the right law firm to guide your family to the best resolution.
If you live in Aurora, Colorado, and are contemplating or navigating custody, our Aurora custody lawyers can help to empower you and your children to grow through the process. New Leaf Family is different from many other custody and family law firms. We understand that custody isn’t just a legal issue, but a deeply personal - and often highly emotional - life change that intersects with the legal system. To that end, we take a unique approach to your situation. Our mission is to give parents the information, support, guidance, and advocacy they need to make the right choices along their custody journey and lay a strong foundation for their family’s future. We take the time to reduce uncertainty and provide clarity so that you can feel confident that the steps you take will lead you where you want to go!
Call our team today to schedule a no-cost consultation and learn more about your options.
The Problem With How Most Custody Firms Treat Cases
All family transitions are tough, because of the practical details and intense emotions that go along with a family creating a “new normal”. Parents who are suddenly faced with the prospect of having to “share” their children are likely to be scared, confused, upset, and perhaps angry. They may have no concept of what sharing custody means. They may not know what they want the future to look like, or what it could look like. They may not know what matters most to their kids. If their interests and their children’s perceived interests differ, or if the other parent’s interests differ, it can lead to even more internal and external turmoil.
Unfortunately, many custody firms in Colorado don’t take the time to resolve that common uncertainty before taking legal action on their clients’ behalf that may or may not achieve the clients’ goals. They don’t take the time to get to know the clients - their wishes, their fears, their finances, their family dynamics - or explain the options available to those clients.
They start by telling the clients what they can do for them, without first clarifying that that’s what the clients truly want. They may even do this intentionally, leading clients through unnecessary, high-conflict, expensive, drawn-out battles that may benefit the lawyer but that certainly don’t benefit the children and adults involved.
When the dust has settled, the lawyer may claim a win, but it won’t feel that way; both parents may feel like they’ve lost, may regret how the “win” was achieved, may find themselves unhappy with the outcome, and may be unsure of how to move forward with their lives.
How Our Aurora Custody Lawyers Treat Clients
It can take a long time, and be a challenging process, for parents to work through their emotions and gain clarity about their family goals, but this is arguably the most important stage of the process, so this is where New Leaf Family will always begin! To us, you are not just another custody case - you are our client, and we will work with you, empowering you to make the choices that you decide are best for your future.
Our Aurora custody lawyers actually care about your life after custody is set, not just about “winning” your case. However, if fighting can’t be avoided, we’re more than capable of representing your interests and the interests of your children in court, if necessary. Legal battles are just our last resort, because we know that taking an amicable path is better for everyone (especially your kids).
There are three main features of our practice that set us apart from other firms:
You can’t make wise choices about custody if you don’t know anything about custody law. That’s why our Aurora custody lawyers will explain (in easy-to-understand language, not legalese) how custody works, what different types of custody you may choose to pursue, and the benefits and drawbacks of all of the options available to you.
As we mentioned above, we’ll listen to you and get an accurate picture of your and your children’s lives and needs so we can offer personalized legal advice. If you don’t know what you want, we can help you make that clearer to yourself and to us. If you think you know what you want, we can confirm that and guide you towards your next step of making your desired future a reality.
We’re not here to make money off of your family crisis or “sell” you custody representation. We’re here to guide you in growth, without inciting expensive litigation and conflict (if it can be avoided). To that end, we won’t charge you a massive up-front retainer, or high hourly billing rates. We will tell you plainly at the start of each month how much our services will cost you. That way, you don’t have to worry about how much it will cost you every time you need to call to ask us a question, or worry about surprise fees; our predictable fee structure can give you peace of mind and keep our guidance affordable.
Long-Term, Holistic Relationships
We’re not just Aurora custody lawyers; we are also coaches, counselors, and more. We have a network of professionals at our disposal, including real estate agents, financial advisors, auto mechanics, and more. We host group seminars and individualized coaching. Even after a custody agreement is reached and a court order is signed, New Leaf is here to assist you with whatever you may need, through all of the ways your family’s circumstances will continue to change. We want to be your family law firm, for life!
Call New Leaf Family Today To Start The Conversation
You don’t have to be actively engaged in a custody dispute or even already getting divorced before you call us. Sometimes, you may be experiencing family conflict and thinking about what the future would look like if you took a certain step; that’s completely normal, and we’d love to help you clarify the direction you want to go in. Calling us doesn’t mean that you have to do anything! There’s NO fee to reach out to our firm, and no obligation (we’ll be obvious when we reach the point where fees are expected). However, because finding the right custody agreement can take time, we’d encourage you to contact our Aurora custody lawyers as soon as you think a family change may be occurring.
Sports teams that have good coaches who can encourage them and guide them are much more likely to play their best, improve their skills, reach their goals, and grow (both as individuals and as a team!) than sports teams without those kinds of coaches. That’s what it’s like to work with New Leaf Family. We see ourselves, not only as attorneys, but also as coaches who can help you and your family grow and create a life you love. Call our office today to schedule a no-cost consultation!