After twenty years in the business, Willoughby & Associates has one of the best reputations in town. We've earned it one client at a time.
Willoughby and Associates handles all types of divorce and domestic relations matters, with a particular strength in complex cases involving businesses, trusts and estates, inter-generational wealth transfers, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, and constitutional law issues.
We handle all divorce issues such as maintenance, property division, child support, child custody, relocation issues and enforcement of court orders.
We also prepare estate plans and handle probate matters.
Our firm is small enough to stay easily focused on your matter, yet large enough to have the resources to make sure your case is handled professionally, ethically, and with intense attention to detail. Our years of experience in family law allow us to not only streamline the process for you, but also to bring in selected professionals in accounting, business valuation, taxation, and mediation when needed.
Our attorneys are constantly teaching family law to other attorneys, and have published articles on family law including:
-Death & Divorce
-Relocation in Family Law Cases
-Colorado's New Uniform Premarital and Marital Agreements Act
Kim Willoughby has also published a number of other articles. Amy Goscha continues to work as an adjunct professor at University of Denver Sturm College of Law in Family Law.
303 East 17th Avenue, Suite 910
Denver CO 80203
The area of domestic relations and family law deals with family-related issues such as divorce, custody actions, child support, post-decree disputes, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and domestic partnership agreements.
A divorce begins with the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with a court. At least 91 days must have elapsed from the time of the filing of the Petition to the time the court enters a decree dissolving the marriage. However, many divorces take much longer than that. If spouses have contested issues regarding their divorce, it can take anywhere from four months to two years for the divorce to become final. If spouses can reach agreement, their divorce can be complete at 90 days.
After the Petition has been filed, the other spouse files a Response. The Court will then mail to each spouse a Case Management Order and an order to attend parenting classes. If you have children, you must attend a parenting class.
You will be ordered to attend an initial conference within a short time after filing the Petition. The initial conference is an informational meeting with either a judge or a court facilitator in which you address temporary orders and discovery. Temporary orders can include orders regarding parenting time, child support, maintenance and debt payment. You must bring a completed sworn financial statement to this conference.
After the initial conference, the discovery process begins. Your case may be set for a status conference or a permanent orders hearing. The permanent orders hearing is the hearing at which the divorce is finalized, and the court enters final orders regarding parenting time, parental decision making, child support, maintenance, property division, debt division, attorney fees, name changes, and enters a decree of dissolution.
imberly R. Willoughby has been practicing law in Colorado since 1994. She started Willoughby Law Firm, LLC in 1996. In 2013, Kim formed Willoughby & Associates. Kim was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, and has been in Colorado since 1986.
Kim graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1992. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia in 1994.
Kim was Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Politics at the University of Virginia.
Kim Willoughby lives with her husband and two elementary aged children in the foothills of Denver West. She spends most of her free time at the skating rink where her son is a long time hockey player, and her daughter is a figure skater, having recently transitioned out of gymnastics. She also fosters her daughter's dream of breaking the world's record for fastest 8 year old down Trestle at Mary Jane ski resort.
Kim is a voracious reader, and her current reading interests are in the areas of neuroscience and how to raise (or rather, survive) teenagers.
Kim's passion for the law arises from her love of constitutional law, teaching and writing. While her dream would have been to be a philosophy professor, her Bay Boomer father and Depression Era grandparents made sure she was more practical minded than that. She devotes most of her pro bono hours and constitutional acumen to the cause of equality and recognition for families headed by same-sex partners.
Kim loves her area of practice because of the wonderful people she is fortunate enough to work for. Few things in her professional life give her more joy than a well put together spreadsheet, a pile of tax returns, and a plan to help people in an unfortunate time of life to get to a better place.
University of Virginia
Juris Doctorate, 1994
Leslie graduated cum laude in 1980 from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. In 1984, Leslie received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and was admitted to the bar in Colorado.
Leslie has participated in numerous legal and leadership trainings, including the Executive Leadership Course at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 2008 and the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2009.
Leslie and her husband of 32 years live in Douglas County. They are the parents of three wonderful sons. Leslie and her family enjoy golfing and skiing/boarding together. She is an avid fan of the PGA and the Colorado Avalanche.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Amy Goscha's practice focuses on family law and probate where she provides rigorous and supportive counsel at the most critical moments in the life of a family.
Education and Experience
Amy graduated magna cum laude from Creighton University in 2004 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She received the honors of psychology designation for her work as a board member of the Psi Chi National Honors Society. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in 2007. Amy was also Review Editor of the Transportation Law Journal. Amy began her legal career in March, 2008 by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Angela R. Arkin. She joined Willoughby & Associates in 2008, and after a brief absence has returned to the firm. Amy has lectured frequently in the areas of family law and mediation, and continues as a Co-Adjunct Professor, with the Honorable Judge Angela Arkin, at University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Amy volunteers with Metro Volunteer Lawyers and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children.
University of Denver
University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, 2013, Juris Doctor
University of Colorado at Denver, 2009 Bachelor of Arts
During law school, Danielle gained extensive academic and practical experience, focused primarily on her passion for family law. Danielle joined Willoughby & Associates in 2012 as a third year law clerk, where she provided legal assistance in a variety of family law matters, further developing her knowledge and expertise in complex and novel family law issues.
While in law school, Danielle had the privilege of working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judges David Prince and Robert L. Lowrey of the 4th Judicial District. This experience provided Danielle with the opportunity to further develop her legal writing and research skills, as well as the invaluable opportunity to learn the intricacies of the legal system.
Also during law school, Danielle worked as a certified student attorney through the University of Denver Child Advocacy Practicum and the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center. Through the practicum, Danielle represented children as a Guardian ad Litem, and also provided assistance in appellate and adoption matters.
Danielle also interned with Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL), assisting clients in the Family Law Court Program. Her time at MVL was instrumental in both expanding upon her knowledge of the divorce process, and also instilled in Danielle a desire to give back to the community.
In addition, Danielle worked as a legal research assistant for three of her law school professors, in areas of family law, evidence, constitutional and natural resources law. In her role as research assistant, Danielle assisted in drafting an article on standing and environmental harm, published in early 2013 in the University of Virginia Environmental Law Journal. Danielle's research assistant work also includes contributions published in a tri-yearly treatise supplement on evidence.
Danielle and her husband live in central Denver. In her free time, she enjoys attempting home improvement and decorating projects, watching historical dramas, and cheering on the Rockies, Broncos, or Avalanche. Danielle and her husband enjoy traveling to visit family and friends and hope to travel abroad again to visit Spain, England and Greece.
University of Denver