You may want to take advantage of these helpful resources.
Colorado State Judicial (forms/self-help): www.courts.state.co.us. The website provides an online inventory of resources through its Self-Help Center. It includes forms to calculate child support and a format for calculation of maintenance according to advisory guidelines.
- New Families, New Future. This non-profit was created by experienced family law practitioners to provide education and support for families who are going through divorce and separation in Colorado. Visit: www.newfamiliesnewfuture.org.
- www.OurFamilyWizard.com. An online communication tool for shared parenting to help reduce conflict. Includes an online calendar and expense log.
- www.ProudToParent.org. For parents never married to each other.
- www.TalkingParents.com. Free replacement for email and text. Maintains a record of conversations to improve communication and help parents avoid disputes.
- M. Arden Hauer, et al., Friendly Divorce Guidebook for Colorado – 8th Edition. Denver: Bradford Publishing Company. Available on Amazon >
- Joan Harcourt McWilliams, Esq., Parenting Plans for Families after Divorce. Denver: McWilliams Mediation Group LTD, 2011. Available on Amazon >
- Joan Harcourt. McWilliams, Esq., Creating Parenting Plans that Work. Denver: Bradford Publishing Company, 1998. Available on Amazon >
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Divorce Manual: A Client Handbook. Chicago: 2010. Available here >
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Stepping Back from Anger – Protecting Your Children During Divorce. Chicago. Available for purchase here > (clients receive a complimentary copy)
- American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, What Should We Tell the Children? ... A Parents’ Guide for Talking About Separation and Divorce. Chicago: 2010. Available here >
- More resources: www.aaml.org
- Colorado Legal Services (CLS). www.coloradolegalservices.org.
If you meet the low income guidelines, you may qualify for free civil legal services. CLS provides legal representation, as well as information about self-help resources and locating and qualifying for free or low-cost legal services. CLS offices are located throughout Colorado. Select the “Contact US” link on the CLS home page for office locations and phone numbers. For intake in the Denver Metropolitan area call 303-837-1313.
- Metro Volunteer Lawyers (MVL). www.metrovolunteerlawyers.org.
MVL provides volunteer lawyers for free or low cost civil legal help for persons who live or work in the counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson. If you qualify under the financial guidelines, you may be referred to an attorney. Intakes are completed through Colorado Legal Services referenced above. MVL also coordinates and manages monthly Family Law Court Program Clinics and Post-Decree Clinics to assist individuals with legal problems that arise after Permanent Orders have been entered in a Dissolution of Marriage or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities case.