Family Law Matters in Colorado
Many of these family law legal issues are sure to be one of the toughest times in your life. Many of these issues may include domestic violence and child abuse which add complexity to any case. As a Colorado family law attorney Shelly Rosnik understands the drastic life changes you are about to go through. Columbine Law Group, PC can help guide you through the difficulties and stresses related to divorce and/or child custody matters. Shelly knows that it takes compassion, understanding, and commitment to get through these trying times. Shelly has helped many families dealing with a variety of issues including emotional, physical, and financial abuse and how all abuse plays into family law matters. Family law matters include: Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce), Legal Separation, Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (parenting time & decision making), Maintenance, Child Support, Post Dissolution Actions, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse.
How long is the divorce process?
“If everything goes smoothly, all parties are fairly amicable, all agreements are reached, and all mandatory documents are filed timely with the court you may receive your decree 91 days after your spouse was served the initial summons and petition or s/he signed a waiver acknowledging receipt of the initial summons and petition. If this is not the case then it may take anywhere from three months to a couple years depending on how litigious or complicated your case may be.”
My former spouse hasn’t been paying child support, now what?
“You may contact the Child Support Enforcement office or file a motion for contempt citation with the court. Please be aware that it may take a long time for either proceeding to get your former spouse to comply with court orders, if ever. This does put a huge financial burden on your family making it very difficult to make ends meet.”
My spouse is abusive and I don’t know how to leave. What should I do first?
“Most every county has a crisis center (http://thecrisiscenter.org/ – Douglas County, CO) you can contact and seek a secure place to live while getting out of an abusive relationship. Depending on the severity of the abuse, family members or friends may offer a good safe alternative so long as you are not endangering them. If you are in imminent danger you can call 911 if you are able. When there are children involved it may get even more complicated but also more important that you remove your children from the abusive environment. You may also file a protection order (https://www.courts.state.co.us/Self_Help/protectionorders/) and if initially granted your abusive spouse will be required to vacate the house and find alternative living arrangements during the proceeding. Be advised that after the hearing which will be within 14 days s/he may be allowed to return to the home if it is not made permanent. Abusive relationships are precarious and vary in degree of your safety. If you are able, always seek legal advice to ensure your best safety options.”
Our Family Law Attorneys:
Jennifer LoudSenior Associate
Johna VartySenior Associate
Arielle SchreiberAssociate Attorney
Drew ThomasAssociate Attorney
Jennifer Loud, licensed for more than 20 years, specializes in:
- Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
- Child Custody
- Post Dissolution and APR matters
Jennifer is not only a seasoned and dedicated attorney, but she cares deeply about the needs of her clients bringing sensitivity and thoughtfulness to her practice. Her approach blends her extensive legal background, along with her personal experience of having gone through her own divorce involving her two children. Her comprehensive legal background includes family law, corporate/business matters, real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, employment law and private equity finance. She has also worked as a legal consultant, law professor and owned her own business.
Jennifer has lived in Colorado since 1988, after spending her childhood in Michigan and Connecticut, and attending boarding school there. She moved to Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she received her B.A. in philosophy. Before receiving her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1997, she lived in London, England working for the criminal courts; lived in Chambery, France studying French as the only American student in a French university; and hiked and camped for 30 days in the Wind River Wilderness in Wyoming.
Always driven by wanderlust, she has traveled extensively to many countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, India, Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Venezuela, Ireland, England, Scotland, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Prague, and Switzerland. Although an avid skier, her two teenaged children take the spotlight now; William and Caroline are competitive “big mountain” extreme skiers, conquering terrain that terrifies her.
Johna Varty specializes in:
- Water law
- Environmental law
- Family law
- Employment law
Johna graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013 with a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. During law school, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Water Law Review, publishing numerous scholarly writings related to water and environmental issues. Since graduating, Johna practiced oil and gas law for a couple years and then transitioned to a general law firm. She has experience in almost every area of civil law from business formation, contracts, and divorce to parenting plans, bankruptcy, and water permits.
Throughout her practice, she has learned that compassion and taking care of the whole client is often what is most important to a client. As an attorney, she loves that her representation can be a tool for a client towards building a better life for themselves. Towards that end, Johna takes immense pride in being both a zealous advocate for her clients and an educator who teaches her clients the framework they must operate in to be successful.
In her free time, Johna thoroughly enjoy many of the activities the Colorado outdoors have to offer. Her favorite hobby is rock climbing, but it would not be surprising to find her participating in triathlons, road cycling, ice climbing, snow shoeing or hiking with her adorable rescue dog, Peter Pickles Fuzzybottom.
Arielle is dedicated, driven, hardworking, and likes to get things done. She excels at problem solving and is very quick to adapt to new situations and standards as they arise.
Arielle completed her undergraduate degree at the George Washington University, where she found a passion for studying classical art and mythology on top of her Political Science degree.
Her dedication and drive moved with her from her time in undergrad to being a law student. During law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Arielle received The Ved Nanda Center for International Law recognition. A true voice for the voiceless, Arielle was the president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund where she advocated for animals and increased the organization’s footprint in the law school community. Her dedication to animals extends into her home life where she has adopted a retired racing greyhound and continues to act as a foster parent for additional dogs in need. Arielle has demonstrated her desire to help and serve others in her internships with environmental, clean water, and international aid organizations. As a new associate, Arielle helped clients defend themselves, successfully representing clients through her determined, hard working ethic.
Drew Thomas specializes in:
- Criminal Defense
- Family Law
Drew spent the first eighteen years of life in California. After graduating high school, he attended the University of Oregon where he graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in business administration. Drew then attended Willamette University College of Law, graduating in the top quarter of my class. After graduating, Drew moved to Colorado where he passed the bar exam and became a licensed attorney in 2016.
Drew has worked in various areas of law both advising and in litigation. After finishing his first year at law school, he worked for a law firm that specialized in defending registered brokers in FINRA arbitrations. He then moved on to work for the City of Denver Attorneys Office where he spent his time advising city agencies. Drew learned what it means to be both an attorney and counselor at law. Being able to counsel clients on which decisions to make is just as important as understanding the law.
Drew has also worked on behalf of indigent clients, assisting in family law matters through his law school’s clinical program. He has helped families finalize adoptions as well as helped spouses in need collect spousal support.
Drew has a passion for the outdoors and live music. In the summer you can find him in the mountains hiking or at Red Rocks enjoying a concert.