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Family Lawyer

Divorces, custody battles, and other family law issues can last for years and take a terrible emotional toll.

Having a trustworthy family lawyer on your side can make all the difference in these cases.

When you need a family law attorney in the Vail Valley, Avon, or Denver, CO, turn to the law firm of Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC.

"Only Dunsing & Deakins Brought Us the WIN!" 5-Star Reviews


Paul Binnebose


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Our case was one of the worst for the record books. A case of precedent. We had lies at every turn from opposing counsel and mom that needed to be debunked and Fred, Wendi and Lucy were there to save my family! They treated my family as their own and won massively for us in court! They were fair and compassionate with my son's best interest in mind. Over the course of our case we had several (top, so they said) lawyers but only Dunsing & Deakins brought us the WIN! They successfuly represented us in appeals court and worked great with the UCCJEA laws for over the state jouristriction. You don't need to look anywhere else because this firm will work intelligently and tiredlessly for you and your family! They are more then just lawyers, they became advocates and friends. A+++

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Chet Long


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"...Mr. Joseph Galera, Esq., is the lawyer recommended by the law office to handle my case, and within a few hours of taking him on as my attorney, I already felt I had made the right choice. He is a completely "all-business" type of person (while not being someone who isn't listening to your concerns though too) who makes sure he's always focusing on the most important aspects of his cases. He ensured to get every single document/file he could about my case from the city, before the City Attorney even had a chance to request some of the same material. But, best of all: he shattered the absolutely preposterous case put forward by the City of Aurora... and with *only* cross-examination (along with opening and closing statements) he was able to shred the entirety of every single accusation made against me by the prosecution while the jury watched. It was seriously one of the best ways I've ever seen a lawyer handle their client/case..."

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No Case Is Too Complex

Issues like divorce, child support, alimony, and property division require complete disclosure of both sides' financial assets. Unfortunately, individuals often use dishonest methods to conceal assets during these family law disputes. The attorneys of Dunsing, Deakins & Galera hold MBAs and accounting degrees, making our law firm uniquely qualified to unearth assets hidden in the most unlikely places.

In addition to high-asset cases, our Denver lawyers have handled visitation rights and child custody cases involving substance abuse and other serious behavioral issues. When our attorneys take on these highly sensitive cases, we understand that protecting children is imperative.

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Ending a marriage is an emotional and complex process. If you are going through a divorce, our Denver lawyers can protect your best interests and make sure that you are treated fairly when it's time to negotiate child custody, child support, alimony, property division, and other issues.

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Child Custody

When parents divorce or separate, Colorado family courts want to approve a parenting plan that serves the best interests of the child. This usually involves the child spending time with both parents, but that outcome is not guaranteed. Our attorneys can help you negotiate a custody agreement that protects your children and helps you stay in their lives.

Further Reading About Child Custody

Unmarried Parents

When two people share children but have never been married, a breakup can be complicated. If this is your situation, a lawyer from our Denver firm can help you resolve family law disputes related to paternity, custody, common law marriage, and more.

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Modifications and Enforcement

When circumstances change, agreements established after your divorce can be modified. If an ex-spouse is moving or has a significant change in income, adjustments may need to be made to custody or support agreements. Our lawyers can help you officially modify these agreements. We can also help you enforce an agreement if your ex-spouse or co-parent is not honoring their legal obligations.

Further Reading About Child Support Modification

Child Relocation

A big move after a divorce can be difficult for a family. If you are a divorced parent whose child is moving, consult with our lawyers to make sure you are treated fairly in matters of visitation, custody, and support.

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Grandparents' Rights

Under Colorado family law, grandparents have certain rights to relationships with their grandchildren. Our attorneys can help grandparents establish legally binding visitation or custody agreements.

Further Reading About Grandparents' Rights

Prenuptial Agreements

Creating a prenuptial agreement can be a wise decision for some couples. If you are interested in signing a prenup, our attorneys can help you draft a thorough agreement.

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Postnuptial Agreements

If you're already married, it's not too late to outline the division of assets in the event of a divorce. Our Denver lawyers help married couples draft and sign postnuptial agreements.

Further Reading About Postnuptial Agreements

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders

We highly recommend that divorcing couples create a qualified domestic relations order (QDRO). These agreements allow for retirement plans to be divided without penalty. Our attorneys can help you draft a QDRO that will protect your family's assets.

Further Reading About QDROs

Child Support

When parents divorce, they are often very concerned about issues related to child support, especially if only one parent works. Our lawyers can make sure that you are treated fairly and that your children are provided for during support negotiations. If the other party attempts to shield assets in order to lower their support obligations, our family lawyers are adept at uncovering those assets.

Further Reading About Child Support

Spousal Support

Spousal support, spousal maintenance, or alimony can be awarded to the lower-earning spouse during a divorce. The amount of support awarded will be determined based on a number of factors, including the duration of the marriage and the income of both parties. Our attorneys can represent you during spousal support negotiations to make sure you are treated fairly.

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In most circumstances, married couples can have their marriage annulled within six months of their wedding. Choosing an annulment over a divorce has many advantages. Our attorneys can help you understand whether you qualify for an annulment, and they can help you complete the process.

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Children and disabled adults can have guardians appointed for them who are responsible for making their legal decisions. If you have someone in your life who is unable to care for themselves, consult with our attorneys to explore your options.

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"Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!" Reviews From Our Satisfied Clients


Amelia Muniz


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Lucy, Wendi, and Fred were all amazing throughout my case. Lucy's knowledge and expertise, as well as the law firm's professional connections with mediators and child family investigators, led to a custody resolution that truly represents the best interest of my son. Many thanks!

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Britany Carter


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I am already in awe at the complete 360 turn around in the DA’s attitude towards me and my case after a little under a month— I am finally feeling confident in my defense for the first time since these unjust charges were filed against me. Thank You, Thank You, THANK YOU!!!

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Dunsing, Deakins & Galera

Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC

At Dunsing, Deakins & Galera, LLC, our team has over 50 years of combined legal experience. Our attorneys are members of several professional legal organizations and have received a number of distinguished awards:

  • AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Contact us online or call us at (303) 758-8981 (Denver) or (970) 323-0023 (Avon) .

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"Facing the court system in America can be a daunting task for anyone, especially those who are innocent of crimes that they have nevertheless been accused of. Mr. Galera is more than worth the cost of his services. I simply could not recommend any other defense attorney. Seriously, call these folks!" Satisfied Client

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