Family law incorporates a range of issues, including premarital “prenup” agreements, allocation of parental responsibilities, and divorces.
At Wiley Legal Counsel, LLC, we focus primarily on premarital agreements and marital agreements which are contracts between fiancées, spouses, or parties to a civil union about what should happen in the event of their deaths or the dissolution of their marriage or civil union through divorce.
At Wiley Legal Counsel, LLC, we occasionally assist clients through discreet pieces of their overall divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities case through what is called “modern representation” or “unbundled legal services.”
Within all divorces or dissolutions of civil unions, with or without children, you can seek the help of our attorneys for 3 issues involving the spouses or parties to a civil union. Within a divorce with minor children or allocation of parental responsibilities (for unmarried parents), you can seek the help of our attorneys for 3 additional issues involving minor children and their parents.
Regarding the spouses or parties to a civil union, our attorneys can assist with calculating spousal maintenance or “alimony,” coming up with a plan for an equitable division of marital property and addressing attorney fees and costs. Then the calculations and plans are presented to the Court for the judge’s approval.
Regarding children, our attorneys can assist with creating a solid parenting time plan and creating a solid decision-making plan for minor children. That plan then allows us to calculate child support. Then the calculations and plans are presented to the Court for the judge’s approval.
Using modern representation, the client is in control of exactly what issues the attorney should focus on, which can save the client money. For example, the client instructs the attorney whether to simply advise, whether to edit a motion or plan the client has created to be turned into the Court by the client, whether to actually create a plan for the client’s review to be turned into the Court by the client, whether to negotiate with the other party’s attorney and on what issues, and whether to go to Court.
There are rules set forth by the Colorado Supreme Court on how modern representation should be used and at Wiley Legal Counsel, LLC we sit down with our clients who are considering modern representation and walk them through those rules, noting in our Engagement Letter exactly what we will do for the client. We receive a great deal of positive feedback from our clients who use modern representation.
There are some cases where modern representation is not a good fit. Other cases that start off using modern representation eventually need full representation where our firm enters an appearance and notifies the Court and the other party that the firm will handle all aspects of the case for the client from that point forward.