Many individuals believe they can't afford a lawyer – or don't believe they have enough assets to require the assistance of an attorney during the process.  To reduce the costs of divorce – and there are many outside of the legal process – many individuals opt to DIY (do it yourself) and act as their own legal counsel.

As attorneys with many years of experience, we've seen countless divorced couples who've gone that route, only to learn that the decisions they made without benefit of experienced attorneys had significant ramifications that had to be addressed later – and this time, a lawyer was required to sort through it all.  At a high cost.

We believe everyone deserves the value and benefit of legal counsel during a divorce.  Often, bringing an attorney in early in the process helps save money, as a good lawyer will advise on what's feasible, possible, and the likely best outcome given your particular situation.

We've structured our firm to deliver the high-value legal services available through ultra-expensive law firms – but with fees and costs that are accessible to working families, most with children.

Holding Down Costs – We've done that by offering a variety of services – from early case assessments and the identification of key issues that will impact your divorce – to full-service representation, with our team standing by your side throughout the process.

Most importantly, we provide an initial consultation to every potential client.  Here, you'll have the chance to ask questions, and we'll learn about you and your particular circumstance.  We'll learn more about your family, the state of the relationship between you and your spouse, and begin identifying key issues that will generate conflict – the leading source of escalating costs in a divorce or other family dispute.

With the information we gather in the initial consult, we'll develop a case plan – essentially a roadmap to your case and a fee estimate at that time.  We'll explain that case plan, what the estimate is based on, and give you our candid assessment of the likelihood of additional costs and fees you could incur.

We also work with our clients to understand that in a divorce, there are no winners and losers.  Divorce hurts everyone – and while you want a lawyer who defends, protects and preserves your rights and your financial health, you don't want a lawyer who negotiates and fights for everything.  Minimizing the conflict in a divorce to the greatest extent possible helps maintain a reasonable fee – and even more importantly, it also minimizes the emotional toll and affect on any children that might be involved.

Before you decide a lawyer is too costly or your financial situation doesn't justify a lawyer, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you have children?
  2. Do you own a home?
  3. Have you built a joint retirement nest egg together?
  4. Do you have an inheritance you put in a joint savings account?
  5. Are you a primary or sole breadwinner

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you owe it to yourself to consult with at least one lawyer before initiating your divorce.  Early involvement and early assessment of the core issues and future sources of conflict in your divorce proceedings can provide significant cost savings a few months done the road and well into the future.

Schedule a consultation with us today.  It's confidential and will help us provide you with key insight into the potential costs of not only your divorce, but your financial obligations after divorce papers are signed.

Divorce Matters® is a Denver Colorado divorce attorney law firm. We provide information and services including the divorce process through the courts, division of marital property, assets as well as debts and parental rights regarding biological and adopted children.

Our highly-accomplished divorce and family law attorneys practice throughout Colorado, including:
Adams County (Arvada, Aurora, Brighton, Thornton, Westminster); Arapahoe County (Aurora, Centennial, Cherry Hills Village, Englewood, Greenwood Village, Littleton); Boulder County; Broomfield County; Denver County; Douglas County (Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker); Elbert County (Elizabeth, Kiowa); and Jefferson County (Arvada, Golden, Lakewood, Morrison, Wheat Ridge).

Will is very attentive to his clients. I never had to wait more than a couple hours to get a reply to questions I had. He took the time to learn my case inside and out. He truly cares about his clients and their cases. - Brian, June 2015

Will is an excellent attorney with a lot of experience under his belt. We had several court appearances in Douglas County for my DUI case, and Will thoroughly prepared me for each appearance and the likely results. He is clearly respected by the court...read more

"I was referred to Divorce Matters by a friend of mine. I contacted other lawyers who advertised gay friendly / same sex relationships...they never called back. From the first phone call and even still, their level of customer service has been great...read more

"Kathlyn helped me through the most difficult time in my life. She not only understands the law, but she knows how to connect with people on a human level. She really kept me informed on what was going on and would make sure I was informed before...read more

"Mr. Smith’s positive attitude and knowledge is impeccable. He has personally led me through some very difficult situations where my future fate seemed unrecoverable. His guidance and hard work have far exceeded my wildest dreams...read more

"Kathlyn is a hard worker and smarter than almost any other attorney I know. She is also patient and explains everything very well! She is also very connected in the community both legally and personally - and has professional contacts in nearly every jurisdiction." - Amy, July 2013

"I hired Will to help me with a dispute. He quickly resolved the issue to my satisfaction and explained the process to me." - Client, July 2013

Mr. Smith is a tireless advocate for his clients. I highly recommend his services. - Craig

Kathlyn makes the process as easy as possible and her laugh, cheery voice and calm presence got me through many days. I would highly recommend Kathlyn Laraway, Divorce Matters and the entire staff. - Eric

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