Family Law Services
Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny will assist you through every step of your family law matter, which could encompass one or more of the following legal issues; divorce representation, including same-sex marriage, military court-based divorce, common law marriage, and legal separations. Dawn also offers representation for child custody and child support. Also, by appointment of the Court, she may serve as a parenting coordinator decision maker (PCDM).
Whether your case is decided by a Judge or a negotiated settlement is reached through mediation, Dawn will work hard for your family law needs. Schedule a consultation with Attorney Dawn Ogrodny to discuss your situation, ask questions, and address concerns. Call us today at 719-227-1944.
How do I file for a divorce in El Paso County, Colorado?
The steps in a Colorado divorce process are numerous and can be overwhelming. There are many forms and requirements involved in the legal process, not to forget the emotional stress. But you do not have to do this alone.
Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny makes the complicated paperwork process easy. It is also comforting to know that Dawn will assist you through every step of the divorce process. Dawn will explain your rights, outline your options, and attempt to reach the best possible settlement. Mistakes made during the divorce process can severely affect your final settlement. Dawn will ensure you don't compromise the binding agreements on child custody, child support and spousal maintenance, and the division of assets and debts.
To schedule an initial consultation, contact our office. We will help you through the entire process, from the initial steps to the resolution of your divorce.
How does child custody work in El Paso County, Colorado?
Colorado uses the term allocation of parental responsibilities (APR) when describing child custody; APR consists of decision making and parenting time. Colorado uses the best interest factors to determine the parenting plan that serves the family.
Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny believes a well-structured parenting plan is the foundation for a successful child custody arrangement. It gives the child(ren) the confidence in knowing their parents love them and will be there for them. Dawn's priority is to preserve the integrity of the child(ren)'s relationship with their parent while securing the child(ren)'s best interest.
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. We will walk you through the various terms and concepts applicable to Colorado child custody. We will also help you create a parenting plan that works for you and your children.
What are El Paso County, Colorado Child Support Guidelines?
Colorado follows guidelines when determining a child support amount. Parents are allowed to create their own child support agreements, but if these agreements stray too far from the state guidelines, they may not be approved by the Court.
Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny will assist you with the Colorado Child Support Guidelines and work with you to obtain the necessary information and documentation to calculate a child support number that is fair to the parties in accordance with the legal directives.
To schedule an initial consultation, contact our office. We will counsel you through the Child Support process from beginning to end.
Same-Sex Marriage Divorce
Is a same-sex marriage divorce the same as a traditional divorce in El Paso County, Colorado?
Same-sex marriages became legally recognized in Colorado on October 7, 2014. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriages legal in all states. This decision also led to the legalization of any same-sex divorce in Colorado. Colorado's divorce laws apply to all married people, as they should have always been.
Work with Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny to help you navigate through your Divorce. Dawn will walk you through the entire process and help with child support, child custody, spousal maintenance, and property division.
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation.
Are military divorces different than civil divorces in El Paso County, Colorado?
Legally, there is no such thing as a “military divorce.” The same laws apply to all divorces, regardless of whether they involve civilians or military personnel, but military divorce does have some nuances that other divorces do not have.
However, Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny is well informed about military divorce procedures, having resided in El Paso County with a large military population. Military divorces must consider jurisdiction as well as possible deployment for the service member, unique retirement benefit laws, spousal rights to military benefit laws, and parenting issues that are unusual in a military family setting.
Contact our office to schedule an initial consultation. We will help you successfully navigate the various steps involved in a military divorce.
Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker (PCDM)
What is a PCDM?
Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker (PCDM) is a Court appointed role in family law matters to help the parties implement parenting time and decision-making orders. A PCDM must have specific training and be able to assist the parties in making decisions that serve their child(ren)’s best interests. Family Law Attorney Dawn Ogrodny is a trained PCDM and can serve as your Parenting Coordinator Decision Maker.
As a PCDM, Dawn’s goal is to assist both parties in implementing non-dysfunctional communication for their co-parenting needs. Dawn recognizes that retaining a Parenting Coordinator and/or Decision Maker is the last resort but helpful when there is significant communication breakdown between the parties.
As a PCDM, Dawn has the authority to resolve disputes between the parties as to implementation or clarification of existing orders concerning the minor child(ren). This includes parenting time, decision-making, and child support, so long as the order provides for such decisions to be rendered. As a PCDM, Dawn does not have the authority to modify, change or abridge existing Court orders, unless the parties have an agreement to modify their existing order.