Additional Family Law Services
Intersection of Family and Immigration Law
Family law and immigration cases often intersect. Most family law firms do not handle immigration matters and not all immigration law firms handle family law matters. We are uniquely equipped to help you in both types of matters.
• International marriages
• Common law marriages
• Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
• Enforcing International Orders in the United States
• Citizenship applications for U.S. citizenship by a Lawful Permanent Resident or a child of a U.S. citizen born outside of the U.S.
• Divorce proceedings for a marriage based Green Card recipient
Our expert attorneys at McGuire Law can advise you of any immigration benefit you may be entitled to as a result of your family law case and vice versa. We understand and can help protect our client from any issues with their immigration case as a result of changes in the marriage or family life.
Post Decree Modifications
Post-decree modifications occur after a divorce decree is issued. Post-decree modifications can affect child support, custody, and financial arrangements. While our attorneys strive to ensure that any outstanding issues are properly addressed during the divorce process, circumstances may change shortly after or even year after the divorce is finalized.
Sometimes a party’s financial situation may have changed enough to require a re-evaluation of child support and/or spousal maintenance. New information relating to assets or debts that was not disclosed during the divorce may be found and require an equitable distribution by the Court. Most often, post-decree motions involve child custody and changes in parenting time arrangements.
The attorneys at McGuire Law, use the same emotional intelligence and legal skills as in pre-decree cases to help you get the best possible resolution to your case. We work with you as a team to protect your rights and resolve the issues so that you and your family can move on with your life.
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Domestic Violence & Protection Orders
Domestic violence is a crime. It is not limited to physical violence and includes emotional abuse as well. If you have children, it can impact and traumatize them as well. Very often, Domestic Violence cases include financial abuse or denying a partner/spouse and financial freedom or access. We understand the social and emotional dynamics of Domestic Violence and it informs our advocacy for our clients.
We are here to ensure you and your children receive every protection afforded under the law to keep you safe and give you your sense of security back. If you feel that you or your children are in immediate danger, please contact the police immediately.
We can provide you with a confidential consultation and information to empower yourself.
Protection Orders are a tool we can use to keep you and your family safe. You can obtain a civil protection order even if there is already one from criminal court.
What is a protection order?
It is a tool you can use to protect yourself, your property, and children. A person found in violation of a protection order can be arrested.
A protection order prevents the restrained person from contacting, harassing, threatening, touching, stalking, coming within a certain distance of you, your family, your pets and even property or your place of employment.
You can file for a temporary (emergency) order of protection where the other party does not have to be present. If the judge finds that you would be in imminent danger if the protection order is not granted, the court can order the Defendant to stay a specific distance from your home (even if the Defendant lives in the same residence), from your job, your child(ren)’s school or day care, from friends or family’s places and from public places that you frequent. This order is only temporary and usually lasts around fourteen (14) days or until your scheduled permanent protection order hearing.
You can obtain an order of protection against and individual even if they are the parent of your child. When issuing protection orders against co-parents, courts will take into account any co-parenting arrangements that are safe and appropriate for the children’s wellbeing.
For resources relating to domestic violence please visit our resource page.
It can be difficult to accept that someone you love is hurting you. That’s why we use this helpful tool to define abusive and violent behaviors.
Each parent has an obligation to provide for their child emotionally and financially. Child support in Colorado is considered the right of the child. Colorado has adopted child support guidelines based upon the Income Shares Model to calculate child support. The factors considered in calculating child support include:
• The parties’ incomes
• Number of children
• The number of overnight visits with each parent
• The financial resources of the custodial parent
• The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent
• The physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child
• The standard of living the child would have had if the family had not separated
Parents can agree to a higher or lower child support amount than that calculated by the Child Support Calculator, however, they will have to demonstrate to the Court, why the alternate amount is in the best interest of the child or children. Our experienced attorneys at McGuire Law, can advise as to what you may have to pay in child support or if you are seeking child support, how to make your case for your child’s needs.