There are many ways that divorce differs from other civil matters. Oftentimes, a divorce case is the first exposure a client has in navigating the legal process. Due to misunderstandings or prior negative experiences, many people experience a sense of fear or dread when it comes to the legal system. The experienced lawyers at Willoughby & Associates aim to make your divorce case as straightforward as possible. Here is a more in-depth look at some of the differences between divorce and other civil matters:
“The court system is different for family law matters than for other civil matters. First, the process expects and assumes some amount of cooperation between the Denver divorce lawyer and parties. Family members stand in a special relationship to one another and to the court system. C.R.C.P. 16.2(a). When children are involved, it is hoped that parties and their lawyers will keep their best interests in mind even while litigating. Joint experts are often used. Judges have a limited amount of time to move dissolution cases through their dockets. In Chief Justice Directive 08-05, the Colorado Supreme Court set the goal that no more than 5 percent of domestic relations cases be open more than one year.
Finally, family law matters generally encompass a number of different areas of the law, as well as heavily drawing on accounting and psychology. Lawyers are expected to, and should, have at least passing familiarity with real estate, probate, tax, corporate, ERISA, criminal, and bankruptcy law” (Willoughby, 2014, p. 2-3).
For more information on how we can help you with divorce and mediation, contact us today. Read the full article in “Chapter 38” of Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado.
Willoughby, K. R. Esq., (2014). Family law. Lawyers’ Professional Liability in Colorado, 2-3.
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