At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if the case is simple or complex; we help our clients protect what is important.
Meet Frank A. Devincent.
Whether you are separating, remarrying, protecting assets, it’s critical to have an advocate who understands the intricacies of Colorado law and knows how to communicate your interests.
When the dust settles, you want the best possible outcome—and this is exactly what Frank A. DeVincent provides.
This is the kind of knowhow you want on your side.
Are you trying to decide whether a divorce or legal separation is the right choice for you? A legal separation divorces you financially from your spouse with the exception that you remain married by title and it allows a spouse to remain on the other spouses’ insurance. A divorce provides for a full and complete conclusion of your marriage and dissolution of marriage. There are few benefits to a legal separation versus a divorce, unless due to health reasons or marital disagreements regarding finances, you find it is necessary to remain legally married, but financially separate.
Colorado law provides that all property acquired during a marriage is marital property unless it falls within one of four statutory exceptions: (1) gifted or inherited property; (2) property acquired in exchange for pre-marital property, or in exchange for gifted or inherited property; (3) property acquired after a decree of legal separation; and (4) property excluded by valid agreement of the parties. It is important to have the right counsel if you believe you have a separate property claim as your counsel can assist you in navigating the requisite showing of separate property under the statutory exception to marital property.
Colorado is an equitable, not equal, division of property state. The first thing the Court will do is set aside any separate property to each spouse, which includes proven pre-marital balances of such accounts. The Court will then consider the remainder of the marital property division in allocating the marital portions of such accounts to each party.
The principles of client service in a high net worth divorce are substantially the same as in any other case, with the primary difference being the complexity of the marital property and debt to be divided.
The higher the assets the higher the stakes.
In some cases a tracing of separate property will be necessary to provide the Court with a picture of your pre-marital assets. When a separate property tracing is necessary, generally, a financial expert will need to be hired in order to conduct a thorough tracing, issue an expert report, and testify in Court. We have over forty years of extensive experience dealing with separate property issues.
It is necessary for all real property to be valued as of the date of marriage, if there is a separate property claim. In addition, a current valuation will be necessary. If the parties cannot agree on real property valuations an appraiser will need to be hired to prepare an expert report as to the valuation of each property.
It is important if you have been served with a Petition for Legal Separation or a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that you contact an attorney as you now have statutory and Court ordered deadlines to meet. Most importantly remember you have certain timelines to following including to file the appropriate Response which generally is 21 days from service.
Since Colorado is a no-fault state. No fault means that generally conduct including affairs are not considered by the Court under most circumstances. However, there are certain exceptions.
It is important in all divorce matters for you to provide your counsel with a complete and thorough full disclosure of any and all assets and liabilities including any irrevocable or revocable Trusts, in addition to any other facts or factors that may affect your case. Your case can be settled all the way up to the final hearing date, and some cases are settled outside the Courtroom doors.
Colorado law requires a full and complete disclosure by both parties pursuant to C.R.C.P. 16.2. This Rule states that “Parties to domestic relations cases owe each other and the court a duty of full and honest disclosure of all facts that materially affect their rights and interests and those of the children involved in the case. The court requires that, in the discharge of this duty, a party must affirmatively disclose all information that is material to the resolution of the case without awaiting inquiry from the other party.” Under this rule a party must fully and completely disclose any and all assets and liabilities, whether separate or marital that may affect the outcome of the case. The Court requires parties to provide full and complete disclosures within 42 days of the service of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, Petition for Legal Separation, and post-judgment financial Motions. In some cases it may be necessary to prepare formal discovery requests, requests for documents and interrogatories and depositions.
When you call many other law firms, the first person you speak to is often a middleman, salesperson, or not even a lawyer at all.
Our managing attorney, Kimberly, talks directly to each and every person who contacts us. Even before an in-person consultation, Kimberly takes your phone questions at no charge, giving you the information you need right now.
High-asset divorce is our sole focus. Whether you’re facing divorce, or property division, we steer you through the process and help protect what’s most valuable.
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No two cases are ever identical. We examine the details of every case, assess your individual situation, and provide guidance on how best to proceed.
Our Colorado-based divorce attorneys are well versed in both Boulder and Colorado laws and offer professional, honest representation.
OVER 30 YEARS SINCE MY FOUNDING.
I posses extensive courtroom experience, handling multi-million dollar litigation in family law and advanced tax planning strategies.
A PERSONALITY FOR THE JOB.
Straightforward and a cool-headed advocacy from start to finish, I want to ensure that your rights, interests, and well-being are protected.
Frank A. DeVincent
high-asset divorce attorney
We’re here for you today, through the challenges of your high-asset divorce or family law case, and we’re committed to getting you ready for tomorrow.
We’re ready to learn everything about your situation, assets affected, and children involved. From there, we develop a strategy designed to produce the best outcome for you and your family.
Contact us before your spouse does.
No one wants a divorce. But if you have to go through one, I would highly recommend Frank for the best bet for your money. He is shrewd, effective, extremely experienced, honest and trust-worthy. In my case, I came to Frank when my case reached a point of stagnation. I wondered why my case which in most attorneys' view should have been relatively simple could wind up dragging for so long and costing me so much (and achieved so mediocre, of course!) After consultation with Frank, everything was clear to me. I took his advice and asked my attorney to do what Frank told me. My case ended in two weeks. And most importantly, Frank saved me from wasting tens of thousands of dollars on unwise/unnecessary legal fees and I was also able to keep my assets. I wish I hired Frank from day one!”
— A Divorce Client
Choosing an attorney for a divorce should not be taken lightly, and I am thankful that I took the time to seek Frank out. I interviewed multiple other attorneys in town and was less than impressed with their aptitude for the task at hand. Right from the beginning I appreciated his honest, straight forward approach at resolving an overly contentious situation. For me, it was all about quality of services, and this is where he delivers. I always received quick responses to my communications, clear advice and guidance on court matters, and excellent follow up. Frank has a proven record dealing with substantial assets and he clearly knows his stuff. I recommend him highly and encourage anyone involved with the divorce process to consult with him, wether you are in the beginning stages or if you are unhappy with the results you are experiencing with your current legal counsel.”
Frank has been assisting me in post-divorce matters with regard to disputes stemming from an MOU that I now understand to be open for multiple interpretations. Frank has been responsive at all times and has been an incredibly strong strategic thought-partner throughout this process, and has successfully led the way for my legal team with regard to negotiations and mediation efforts. I am happy to make myself available for any reference calls to provide more information around how Frank assisted me specifically (my contact information can be obtained from Frank directly). If you are contemplating divorce, or need representation in CO, I cannot endorse Frank enough.”