Welcome to Rikeman Law
Rikeman Law represents clients facing divorce, child custody, child support, and protection order issues. Stephanie Rikeman has been practicing law in Colorado since 2003 and has practiced family law in Colorado Springs since 2011. Rikeman Law was formed in December of 2013 and is dedicated to providing effective and zealous advocacy to clients dealing with issues relating to family law.
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You’ve finally completed your divorce or custody or child support action and now the other party isn’t doing what he or she was supposed to. Contempt actions and enforcement actions are available to get help from the court in making sure the other party is fulfilling his or her obligations. Rikeman Law can help you file the appropriate motions to get court intervention to secure the rights you just fought so hard to obtain.
Rikeman Law can also help defend you if you are facing a contempt action from your opposing party. Contempt actions come in two different varieties—punitive and remedial. Remedial contempt is designed to fix whatever the alleged violation and the situation is. Punitive contempt is a request for punishment from the court for the alleged violation. Each type comes with different rights and standards for the court to review because there are very different potential outcomes from each.
It is important to have an attorney advise you through the contempt process so you do not inadvertently give up your rights. Rikeman Law is dedicated to providing effective and zealous advocacy to parties facing or filing contempt actions. Contact Rikeman Law to schedule a free hour long consultation to discuss your rights.
You’ve litigated your divorce or your custody action and everything should now be completed, right? Wrong. Especially when children are involved, it is a rare case that does not have to go back to court at some point in the future for modification. The legal age of emancipation in Colorado for the termination of child support is age 19 (barring some exception circumstances). The court may continue to review and modify parenting time and decision making in the future when circumstances change. Parties often try to craft parenting plans that prevent any future changes in parenting time or child support when they represent themselves in an original divorce or allocation of parental responsibilities action. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the court retains jurisdiction (the ability to modify these orders) because we simply can’t foresee what will be in the children’s best interests in the future. The standards the court has to use in modifications may change depending on what prior proceedings have occurred, but if children are involved, it’s a safe bet you may have to go back to court at some point after you thought everything was completed. It is rarer to modify property settlements or order from a divorce but there are rare circumstances where it can be done.
More commonly, parties may seek modifications of spousal support orders. It is important to these post decree modifications how the original orders were entered and what agreements the parties made. Rikeman Law is dedicated to providing effective and zealous advocacy to parties facing post decree modifications of parenting time, child support, property orders, or spousal support orders.
Contact Rikeman Law to schedule a free hour long consultation to discuss your rights.
Colorado generally does not use the term custody, but rather allocation of parental responsibilities. Parental responsibilities issues can arise in divorces or actions for the allocation of parental responsibilities when the parties are not married. In some circumstances, parties who are not biological parents such as grandparents or step-parents may also be able to assert rights, whether they be grandparent visitation rights or full allocation of parental responsibilities as a “psychological parent”.
Absent compelling reasons why, our courts generally want both parents to be actively involved in their children’s lives if possible. The court will look at allocating decision making authority (the right of each parent to have a say in the major decisions affecting their children such as education) and parenting time (the amount and type and quality of time each parent has with the children) between the parents.
Closely related to this are determinations of child support. Child support is determined on a complex calculation which takes into account the relative income of the parents, their contributions to insurance for the children, child care expenses, and the number of overnights each parent has with the children. When the non-majority time parent has 93 overnights or more with the children over a calendar year, child support obligations alter. Therefore the time each parent spends with the children impacts support obligations.
It is important to know and understand your rights regarding your children. The decisions you make when determining custody will affect you and your children potentially for the rest of their lives. Rikeman Law is dedicated to providing effective and zealous advocacy to parents (or parties) facing custody and child support actions. Contact Rikeman Law to schedule a free hour long consultation to discuss your rights.
Rikeman Law also requests that you do not bring the children that are the subject of a case to any consultations as this can be viewed negatively by the Court in future proceedings.
Divorce, or Dissolution of Marriage as it is termed in Colorado, can be one of the most traumatic and stressful happenings in a person’s life. It is important to have an attorney who can advise and guide you through the process. Many people attempt to proceed “pro se” (representing themselves) but this can lead to the loss of important rights that the divorcing spouse didn’t even know she or he had.
Divorce in Colorado can be divided into two basic categories:
1) divorces with children
2) purely financial divorces
Each has its own unique set of issues and obstacles. Colorado is a “no fault” state. This means that the reasons for the divorce, extramarital affairs, and marital misconduct really don’t affect a financial divorce. When a child is involved, however, everything changes. If misconduct affects the best interests of the child, it may be admissible. That’s why there are unique challenges to each type of a divorce. No two divorces ever look the same just as two relationships ever look the same. In a divorce it is important to have an advocate who fights for you but is also honest with you about the potential outcomes of any case. The worst thing to face in a divorce is a surprise because your attorney did not take the time to explain to you what the Court may do. A divorcing spouse has to be able to make informed decisions about their property, their income, and especially their children.
Rikeman Law is dedicated to providing effective and zealous advocacy to spouses facing divorce. Contact Rikeman Law to schedule a free hour long consultation to discuss your rights when facing divorce.