Family Law: If the future of your family is in question, our attorneys at Elkus & Sisson, P.C. have the answers. We provide you with the confidence and comfort you desperately need in resolving your family's issues.

Our Family Attorneys

 Elkus & Sisson, P.C. knows difficult family law issues can be. Often you have never had to interact with the courts before and you are dealing with not only the loss of a relationship – but also with navigating the complex Colorado legal system.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the compassion and experience you need to ensure that you, your family, and your financial future are protected.

Our Clients Come First

At Elkus & Sisson, P.C. we take the time to provide the best possible care and develop long-term relationships with our clients. We also take pride in addressing our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently on all legal matters. We work with our clients to help them find the best solutions for them. Our family law attorneys will explore all options to be sure that we are finding the best solutions for you and your family.

While we focus our practice on Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, we have been involved in projects throughout the country. Our attorneys do not simply identify legal obstacles and stumbling blocks; instead, we take the time to provide innovative, custom solutions and develop long-term relationships with our clients.

We also take pride in addressing our clients’ needs quickly and efficiently.

Our Family Law Practice

At Elkus & Sisson, P.C., our family law attorneys have experience in all types of family law, including (but not limited to):


Child Custody

Child Support 


Property Settlement

Family Legal Services

Denver Adoption Attorneys
Adopting a child can bring great joy to families, but there are many legal issues to consider. The experience of adopting a child can take a number of months, and getting started on the right foot is important. Adoption does not necessarily have to be complicated, but it is important to have an adoption attorney who had the knowledge on the options, laws and the process itself. There are many adoption options available, including adopting a related child, private adoption, working with an agency, and considering either open or closed situations.
Denver Child Custody Lawyers

If you have children and are going through divorce or have been separated for some time, you are likely dealing with many complex child custody issues.

At Elkus & Sisson P.C., our knowledgeable child custody attorneys can discuss the options with you and find options that are best for your children. Each family is unique and we want to be sure that you get the decisions that are best for yours.


Common issues we handle involving children include:

Child custody/legal custody/physical custody

Visitation/parenting time

Child support

Parental responsibility

Grandparent rights

Fathers’ rights


Visitation modification

Denver Child Support Attorneys

A Child Support Lawyer Who Is With You All the Way

During your divorce, a Denver child support lawyer can help you calculate child support payments according to the Colorado state law and enforce those child support payments if need be. It does not matter if you or the other party is responsible for paying child support, we will be with you all the way. We will back you up in court, no matter what your situation is.

Colorado Child Support Guidelines

Contact our firm to find a child support lawyer to help you decide on a fair amount for child support during your divorce proceedings. A qualified attorney will gather financial documents, provide you with the appropriate records and help you prepare child support paperwork for the courts.

One thing to remember is that to calculate child support during divorce proceedings, your attorney will need all your financial information. Before you visit our offices, you need to bring the appropriate information to calculate child support. This includes your medical history, income statements, credit card or debit card, and tax returns. With this information, we can find out how much child support the responsible party should pay.

Divorce is difficult enough in itself. It can be especially emotional if you have to fight to support your children. You do not have to go through it alone in your battle.

Denver Divorce Lawyers

Laying Out a Divorce Road map

The laws regarding divorce vary from state to state, so it is helpful to have a Colorado divorce road map and a qualified Denver divorce attorney before you begin the process.

The first step in laying out a Colorado divorce road map is to make sure the jurisdiction is within the Colorado divorce courts.

One of the parties must demonstrate he or she has been a resident of the filing county for a sufficient amount of time, usually at least 90 days.

If you file without meeting the residency requirement, your case will be rejected or dismissed. While a Colorado divorce attorney can help with filing, you still must be a resident of the county where you file.

Once jurisdiction is reviewed, a Colorado divorce lawyer can help you file a petition for the dissolution of marriage.

This document will detail the grounds upon which you are filing for divorce. These grounds lay out why you are seeking a divorce and there must be detail to support the grounds. The documentation is a core step in your Colorado divorce road map.

Typically, the courts in Colorado will look to create an equitable distribution of property between the two parties. This does not necessarily mean an equal division, but rather a fair split.

Most often, our family attorney will work with you to coordinate an agreement with your estranged spouse independent of the court’s intervention. If this cannot be achieved, then the court will decide upon the distribution of property.

As you plan your Colorado divorce road map, your experienced Colorado divorce attorney will gather information from you about the property acquired by you and your spouse.

When the court looks at dividing property, several factors are taken into consideration.

First, courts will consider the contribution by each spouse when originally acquiring the property. Contributions both financially and by someone in the role of a homemaker are fully considered, but it always helps to have a divorce attorney to make sure both spouses are reporting property accurately.

Next, the court evaluates the economic picture of each spouse given the division of property and the property value. At this point in developing your Colorado divorce road map, you will be working with your family law attorney to communicate the details of your property holdings accurately.

Identifying All Available Financial Resources

The majority of divorces are financially expensive which makes identifying all of your financial resources that you have available before the divorce proceedings start very important.

 It is smart to financially budget accordingly to make sure you are able to support yourself throughout the divorce proceedings and pay all the services and professionals you hire to help and represent you.

 Some examples of financial assets you should make sure to identify are:


Mutual Funds

Credit Lines


Real Estate Investments,

Savings and Checking Accounts

 It is always smart to stay on top of current bills and payments during a divorce so that you are not in a financial hole after the divorce is finished.

Denver Property Settlement Lawyers

In this struggling economy, our Denver divorce property settlement lawyers know how hard it can be to deal with issues of property and debt settlement during a divorce.

When a couple decides to divorce, both parties are responsible for the property that was purchased or the debt that was incurred while they were married.

If you are struggling to come to an equitable distribution of property or debt settlement in your divorce, you should contact a divorce attorney to help you with your financial concerns.

We handle a variety of issues, including:

Equitable distribution

Complex asset division

Hidden assets

Tax and title issues in divorce

Family Legal Representation

If you have any type of legal issue, the Denver family law attorneys at Elkus & Sisson, P.C. are ready to represent your interests. Contact us with questions on any legal issue. Free consultations are available to those who qualify. For your convenience, all major credit cards are accepted.

Donald Sisson

Lead Counsel

Reid Elkus

Lead Counsel

Steve Mandelaris

Litigation and Appeals Attorney

Zachary Wagner

Complex Civil Litigation Attorney

Michael L Cheroutes Jr.

Family Law Attorney

Lucas Lorenz


Professionals of Elkus & Sisson, P.C.

Mike was hand-picked to lead ESR’s domestic relations practice after working for two of Denver’s most prestigious family law firms, and has served in that role since 2012. Mike has consistently been recognized for excellence in his field, and from 2009-2011 was named one of Colorado’s Outstanding Young Lawyers by 5280 magazine. Areas of Practice … Continue reading "Family Law"
Donald Sisson is an accomplished lead counsel with many successful outcomes in various areas of practice including Complex Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Real Estate Litigation, Corporate Disputes, and Police Defense. Bringing confidence and poise to every case, Mr Sisson has provided numerous clients winning litigation practices. For the last several years, Mr. Sisson has represented … Continue reading "Family Law"