Family Law

Thomas A. Dill has been representing clients and mediating disputes involving family law matters for over ten years in many areas throughout Colorado.  To this day, the attorneys at Thomas A. Dill, P.C., Attorney at Law pay particular attention to the needs of children, ensuring that their best interests are protected throughout the divorce proceedings.

Domestic Relations.  Domestic Relations Law is another term for Family Law.  This area of law includes divorce and post-decree parenting issues.

Divorce (Dissolution of Marriage).  An individual or a family confronted with divorce has a multitude of decisions to make.  Our attorneys are sensitive to the stresses associated with divorce and we work hard to communicate effectively with our clients in order to aggressively pursue our client’s goals.  Issues to address when going through a divorce include parenting responsibilities, the division of marital assets and debts, maintenance and child support.

Parenting Responsibilities (formally known as Custody)
Parenting Time
Division of Assets
Division of Debts
Maintenance (also referred to as alimony and spousal support)
Child Support

Mediation.  Thomas A. Dill has been mediating family disputes for more than fifteen years.  He has also participated as an attorney representing his clients when they were mediating their domestic relations issues.  Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution that uses a neutral third party to assist parties is resolving disputed issues.  Mediation can be used in the context of a divorce or post-decree parenting issues. The role of a mediator is to help people work through their issues and to reach a solution that is agreeable to both parties. The mediator has no authority to make final decisions for the parties. If agreements are reached, the mediator then may draft an agreement memorializing the resolution of any and all issues.  The written agreement is sometimes referred to as a stipulation, a memorandum of understanding or a marital separation agreement.  This document contains the agreements made by the parties and can be filed with the Court and made a final order, eliminating the need for the parties to further litigate or take their disputes to Court.

Colorado No Fault Divorce.  Under Colorado law, the term, “No Fault Divorce” means that regardless of fault, either party may seek to have a court dissolve a marriage. This concept only requires proof that the marriage is, “irretrievably broken.” The parties may agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken by simply stating that for whatever reason or reasons, they choose not to be married to one another.

Paternity.  Paternity is the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a father and his child.  According to Colorado law, either parent may file a petition to establish a father’s paternity in Colorado.  If the Colorado family law court finds the alleged father really is the child’s father, then it will issue orders pertaining to parenting and financial rights and responsibilities. Colorado paternity is a complicated area, and the result depends upon a variety of issues, such as genetic testing, the name on the birth certificate, whether the mother is married to someone else, whether there has been an acknowledgment of paternity, the age of the child, etc.  The attorneys in our firm have represented clients involving paternity issues and are familiar with the current paternity laws in Colorado.

Adoption.  An adoption is a wonderful option for people who are in a position to take on the responsibility of raising a child.  We enjoy assisting those who are going through the process of adoption in all parts of Colorado.  The Colorado laws that govern adoption can be difficult to understand and we can help you to set realistic goals that respect the rights and emotions of the other individuals impacted by an adoption, especially the child to be adopted.  Our lawyers also can make sure that the paperwork requirements and procedures are complied with thoroughly so that any glitches in the adoption process are minimized.

Relinquishment.  Some parents find themselves in situations in which they believe that the best thing for their child is for them to relinquish their rights as parents in order to allow the child to be available for adoption.  Relinquishment law in Colorado is not overly complicated, but any small mistake can have hugely detrimental results.  Our firm has experience with Colorado relinquishment law and we thoroughly enjoy assisting parents so that the relinquishment procedure is done as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

Domestic Violence.  Domestic violence is a type of Colorado crime in which the victim is in (or was in) and intimate relationship with the perpetrator.  Our attorneys represent criminal defendants who are charged with domestic violence.  More information about our representation of criminal defendants can be found on our website in the Criminal defense section.