FREE Family Law Consults

Graham.Law gives you two consult options:

  • Free 30-Minute Consult – this is real legal advice, with one of our dedicated family law attorneys, not meeting with a staffer trying to sell you something. Please note that while 30 minutes may be sufficient for a post-decree modification, if you have a full divorce case pending, you will have to bring your most important questions to answer, and understand that we may not have time to address everything.
  • Reduced Rate 1-Hour Consult. If you are looking for more detailed answers, we offer a one-hour consult at the reduced rate of $100. During that time, we will roll up our sleeves (metaphorically-speaking) and discuss your issues in more depth without worrying about running out the clock.

We’re not going to waste your time or money. During your consult, we tell you what you need to know with real answers, not fluff or a sales pitch,

You should talk to a professional to explore your options, even if you’re not sure you wish to proceed. Fill out the contact form on the right, or call us at (719) 630-1123 to set up a no-obligation family law consult.


Clients who retain a law firm pay a “retainer”, which is an up-front fee that is credited to a trust account, and as work is performed, the fees are deducted from that retainer.

While the retainer may be sufficient for an uncontested case, or for some contested post-decree cases, it almost certainly will not cover the costs for a contested divorce or child custody case. The retainer is not an estimate of your total costs, but is an affordable down payment so you can at least get things started.

For post-decree cases, our retainer is typically $3000-$4000, depending upon the type of case.

For divorces, our retainer is typically going to be $4000, and then you agree to set up a payment plan and top up the retainer with affordable monthly payments. Avoiding taking a big retainer up front means that the retainer is unlikely to cover the costs of your case, but by spreading out the payments, it makes a divorce more affordable for people who may not have $7000 or more sitting in a bank account waiting to be spent.

In certain cases where the attorney believes that your case will involve a custody battle or more complicated financial disputes, a higher retainer may be required.

The retainer is legally your money until is earned by us – it is not a flat-rate charge, but a prepayment of legal fees. If you decide to reconcile a couple of months into the case (as several of our clients have done), you will receive a refund of your retainer balance. If you get a couple months into your case, and decide your lawyer is not a good fit for you (hopefully that will not happen, but it does once in a blue moon), you fire us and receive a refund of your remaining retainer balance.

As for your total costs, litigation is unpredictable. We can pledge to you that we will not run up your fees needlessly, so in the end, trust that you will receive value for money.

Hourly Fees

Our fees are mid-range for El Paso County: our associates charge $345/hr, and we thank our military clients with a discounted $315/hr. If you would like to retain our managing partner, Carl Graham, his fees are $385/hr, or for our military clients, $345/hr.

What matters most, however, are the total fees at the end of your case. In cases where both sides’ legal fees are before the court and therefore known, most of the time Graham.Law’s total fees are less than the other guys. Even the so-called cut-rate firms who charge less per hour end up costing more as they bill a lot more time to make up for it!

We challenge you to find a more dedicated team of lawyers with our experience and focus who provide better value for money.

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  • Excellent discussion; fully answered all my questions with examples I could clearly understand

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    Jane Rohr
  • Carl Graham is by far the best divorce attorney I have used and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an ethical, knowledgable, fair attorney. My case was not your normal circumstanc... read more

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  • As a former military spouse trying to collect my share of my ex's military retirement from California when the divorce decree and all the supporting documents were filed in Colorado i was apprehensive... read more

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  • Where do I begin? Well AFTER have a consultation with another attorney ( who made me feel as though i was undeserving of his expertise) I was extremely apprehensive when coming to Graham Law. This was... read more

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    Chris Whitfield
  • Mr. Carl Graham, Cindi (his paralegal), and the rest of his office staff helped us with a military divorce. Mr. Graham is very knowledgeable about military ways and processes. I appreciated the fact... read more

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    Shelle Dier
  • If you are searching for a divorce lawyer, first I would like to say I’m sorry you are going through this. It isn’t and easy road. I know sometimes things just don’t work out to save your marriage. Ho... read more

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    Trevor Lisby
  • If you are searching for a divorce lawyer, first I would like to say I’m sorry you are going through this. It isn’t and easy road. I know sometimes things just don’t work out to save your marriage. Ho... read more

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    Trevor Lisby
  • I called Graham law firm to schedule a consultation and spoke with Corinna. When beginning your search for information with any family matters there are many questions and a sense of anxiety of the u... read more

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  • I was divorced in CO but moved to TX & had issues with my divorce decree from a previous attorney- after referrals from several other firms in CO regarding the best military law firm I went with Graha... read more

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    Sarah DeLorean
  • Very helpful initial meeting.

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    Steven Babbitt
  • Carl and his team are awesome and super easy to work with. His knowledge is tremendous and he quickly handled my case despite me being across the country. I would do business with his team again and... read more

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    Michael Brooks
  • I was impressed by Graham Law in general but most impressed with Brian Boney. Brian is an excellent family law attorney. Attentive, detail-oriented, and hard-working, Brian surpassed my expectations f... read more

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    Robert Weeks
  • Mr. Grahm was professional, knowledgable and very prepared. He was also kind and understanding. He knew his military in's and outs. Because of this is got exactly what I was asking for... a swift a... read more

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  • I had the unpleasant task of taking my ex back to court. Carl was the person for the job. His attention to detail and professionalism got me the result I needed. Sincere thanks to Carl and his great s... read more

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    Lisa Bruinsma
  • This firm is quite wonderful....very family and military oriented. Compassionate and patient, very understanding and will go to bat for you!!!!! Give them a call!!!!!

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    Teresa Wilkie
  • Brian did an amazing job helping me with a personal matter! Its not the first time I ask Brian for help, and every time he exceeds my expectations! Thank you for your kindness, understanding and suppo... read more

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    Iryna Volynets
  • Divorce is never easy, but Carl and his warm team helped me navigate this very difficult time. This was a military divorce, so Carl's expertise helped me understand exactly what my options were as a f... read more

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    Kara Longmire
  • I have had two occasions that I have needed Carl Graham's assistance with child support issues and both times Mr. Graham and his team were amazing. Mr. Graham is straight forward and honest. I highly ... read more

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  • Can't thank the team enough.

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    Kevin Czarnecki
  • Very professional and extremely supportive throughout my needs.

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