Craig Franklin Chambers, Attorney at Law

July 16, 2014

Some Colorado Divorce Cases Are Just Plain Poisoned

Denver Real Estate Law and Family Law Blog. (Vol 1.39)  July 17, 2014 

By Craig Franklin Chambers  Esq. 7851 S. Elati Street #204, Littleton,  CO 80120

The Littleton Lawyer.

As a Colorado lawyer specializing  in contract disputes, real estate law , divorce and family law in Littleton, Englewood, Denver, Highlands Ranch, and Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson County, I would like to direct you to the several testimonials in the Why Choose Me section of my website.

These are reviews from real clients who appreciated the legal work I have done for them and were kind enough to write a word or two. I am not sure if it was what I did in the case that inspired them or simply how the case ultimately turned out.

Yes, I prepared for the cases, developed the facts of the cases, studied the law, prepped witnesses, prepared openings and closings and reviewed and organized the exhibits. But so much in a case in the busy dockets of Arapahoe, Douglas, and Jefferson County depends on the luck at the hearing, whether certain exhibits are allowed into evidence and whether the judge agrees with your interpretation of the legal issues.

The cases that were the basis of the testimonials were cases in which the judges simply sided with me or my client, in some cases, which is rare, on every single issue. In most cases, you are not so fortunate, and the judge will side with you on some issues and will not side with you on others.

Occasionally, a case is poisoned and truly in those cases there is really nothing you can do for your client.  By that I mean, you can be totally and absolutely legally and morally  in the right and lose a case, and you can be totally in the wrong and win a case. Most people who get involved in litigation still blindly believe that if they are right they will prevail in the proceeding.

In those few poisoned cases, the judge either greatly and sometimes irrationally dislikes the client, or disagrees with your idea of what the law is, and further disagrees with what is equitable. This is especially true in a divorce or dissolution proceeding.  Divorce cases in particular come down to presenting your client in a positive light but not pushing the line in making the other side negative too far so as to aggravate the decision-maker.

The best resolution of any case is to try and settle it before proceeding full steam into litigation.  Even if you do not receive everything you are entitled to in the settlement , at least you have a settlement that you have some control over. If you go to court, you may be one of the lucky few who wins everything they are seeking, but you may be one of unlucky few for whom the case is poisoned.

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    Licensed to practice law in Colorado since 1997, I have a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and a law degree from the University of Denver.

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