Peek Family Law, LLC

A boutique family law firm that is committed to protecting your future. Our Denver child custody attorneys and Denver divorce attorneys will advocate aggressively and thoroughly to achieve the best result possible in your case.

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Firm Overview

Going through a divorce or a custody battle can be one of the most stressful and emotional times in your life. During this difficult time, it is important that you have an attorney who will demand a fair and equitable resolution of your case.

Peek Family Law handles cases in all areas of family law. From divorce and child custody disputes to abduction prevention and child protection issues, Peek Family Law has the experience and dedication to advocate for the best possible result in your case.

We understand that your case may seem overwhelming, but the future of your family is at stake. Protecting your future is our absolute and utmost priority.

Main Office

Main Office
600 17th St., Suite 2800
Denver  CO  80202

Phone
  • 303-495-5757

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Free Consultations

Office Information

Office Hours

8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M.

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Child Custody
In Colorado, custody is discussed in terms of parenting time and allocation of decision-making responsibilities.
Parenting Time

In Colorado, the Courts have clearly stated that the right to parenting time belongs to the children, not the parents. Because the term custody seems to indicate that children are property, Denver custody attorneys prefer to use the term parenting time rights. As such, the term custody is no longer used to describe each parent’s rights to exercise parenting time with their children.

Parenting time rights are established based on the best interests of the children. There are various factors that are considered when crafting a parenting time schedule that is in the best interests of the children. For example, the Courts will consider the interactions between the children and the parents, siblings, and any other people who are close to the children. Similarly, the Court will consider the ability of the parties to mutually support each other even though they are not always on very good terms with each other.

Often times, parents wonder when the Court will consider the wishes of the children as it pertains to parenting time. The answer to this question depends on the children and the facts and circumstances of the case. Before the Court will consider the wishes of the children, it must first determine that the children are able to express a reasoned and independent wish regarding parenting time. Some mature children may develop a reasoned and independent with at a young age, while other older children may not be ready. In short, there is no specific age when a children’s wishes will be considered.

Allocation of Decision-Making Responsibilities

The allocation of major decision-making responsibilities is an issue that must be addressed in any case involving the allocation of parental rights and responsibilities in Colorado. Typically, there are three main areas of major decision-making responsibilities: (1) major decisions pertaining to the spiritual upbringing of a minor child, (2) major decisions pertaining to the education of a minor child, and (3) major decisions regarding the health and welfare of a minor child. Sometime, parents will agree that the enrollment of a minor child in an extracurricular activities is a major decision.

In every case, the Court must decide whether it is in the best interests of a minor child to allocate decision-making responsibilities jointly between the parents, or whether the allocation of decision-making responsibilities to one of the parents would better serve the needs of the child. Like the issue of parenting time, the allocation of decision-making responsibilities is governed by what is in the best interests of the minor child. The Court will consider various factors under the applicable law when deciding whether or not to allocate joint or sole decision-making responsibilities in a case.

For example, the Court will look at the credible evidence of the ability of the parties to cooperate and make decisions jointly. Similarly, the Court may examine the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the minor child to see if it reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support that would indicate an ability as mutual decision makers to provide a positive and nourishing relationship with the child. The Court will also try to determine whether an allocation of mutual decision-making responsibilities on any one or a number of issues will promote more frequent or continuing contact between the child and each of his or her parents.
Divorce
Denver divorce lawyers should understand that going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotional times in your life. Peek Family Law is dedicated to protecting your interests in this difficult time.
Colorado courts are required to divide marital property equitably. This means that the court will set apart to each spouse his or her separate property and shall divide the marital estate without regard to marital misconduct.

The Court will consider all relevant factors when determining how to equitably divide a martial estate. To name a few, the Court will consider each spouse's contribution to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of a spouse as a homemaker. The Court will consider the value of the property being set apart to each spouse as well as the economic circumstances of each spouse at the time of the divorce.

In many cases, the largest asset owned by the parties is their home. The question often arises, “what do we do with our house?” The answer to that question will depend on many things. For example, the Court will consider the desirability of awarding the family home for a reasonable period of time to one of the parties so that the children may continue to reside in the home. On the other hand, the Court will also need to consider the immediate need of the parties to access the equity in the marital home.

Once the marital estate is defined, our Denver divorce lawyers are able to aggressively advocate on your behalf to ensure that you receive exactly what you are entitled to under Colorado’s law.

In Colorado, maintenance or spousal alimony is based on a two part test. Before the Court can award any amount of maintenance, it must first find that the spouse seeking maintenance lacks sufficient property to provide for his or her reasonable needs and is unable to support himself or herself through appropriate employment. If, and only if, the spouse seeking maintenance can overcome that initial threshold then the Court will consider the amount and duration of maintenance.

Given recent changes in the law, the amount and duration of maintenance is much easier to forecast. Presuming that a spouse who is seeking maintenance is able satisfy the initial threshold for a maintenance claim, the Court will then consider the length of the marriage as well as the current income of both parties and then apply the presumed Colorado Statutory Guidelines for Maintenance.
Child Support
Our Denver child support attorneys are happy to review your child support case to insure that child support is calculated properly.
Before a Court can impose a child support obligation, it must first make a finding of paternity. This means that the Court must find by a preponderance of the evidence that the person who is to be obligated to pay child support is the biological parent of the child for whom child support is being ordered. At the commencement of any case involving child support, a parent has the right to seek genetic testing to confirm whether or not that parent is, in fact, the parent to the child in question. If no such request for genetic testing is made prior to the finding of paternity, that parent has forever waived his rights to claim that he is not the father to the child for whom he is obligated to pay child support. In that case, a parent may be obligated to pay child support for a child who is not his own.

Child Support in Colorado is based on a statutory guideline which considers the income of each parent, the number of children entitled to receive child support, the number of overnights the children spend with each parent each year, any costs incurred for health insurance for the children, any work-related or education-related child care incurred by the parents, and any extraordinary expenses that should be considered.

Calculating child support can be complicated with some many variables. To make it more complicated, there are exceptions and nuances to each variable that, if incorrectly applied, can drastically change the amount of child support.

Peek Family Law is able to review your case so that you can be confident that child support is calculated accurately.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our founding attorney, Sean Peek, did volunteer work with children with physical disabilities at the Kiwanis Camp Casey in Seattle for years. He knows how to approach sensitive legal issues involving children in a way that is understandable and compassionate. He is protective of your child's interests and limits your child's legal exposure during legal issues such as divorce, which can be notoriously divisive.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

We care about you and your family.

Sean S. Peek

License
  • Bar Number: 40246
    Colorado , 2008
Education
  • Thomas M. Cooley, School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2008
    Sean graduated cum laude from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan in 2008.
  • University of Washington
    Bachelor of Arts , 2004
    Major: political science

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