El Paso County Courthouse

El Paso County CourthouseThe El Paso County courthouse is located in downtown Colorado Springs at 270 South Tejon, at the corner of Tejon and Vermijo. The large, modern courthouse is across the street from the iconic former courthouse, which is now home of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum.

If you have a case set at the El Paso County Courthouse–or perhaps you are a witness or have jury duty–you should arrive early enough to find a parking space, make your way through building security, and find the location of your courtroom. The main entrance is shown in the photo above and is on the east side of the building facing Tejon Street. There is an entrance on the south side of the building, but it is only for attorneys and court staff who have an identification badge issued by the Fourth Judicial District.

The courthouse has two main wings–the older south wing and the newer west wing. Rooms located in the south wing have room numbers beginning with “S”, and rooms located in the west wing have room numbers beginning with “W.” Division courtroom assignments are listed on signs and monitors in the main lobby. There is an information desk in the lobby of the south wing.

Kirk Garner’s Colorado Springs law office is located in The Downtown Executive Center, 422 E. Vermijo, just three blocks east of the courthouse. If you need a lawyer in El Paso County, give Kirk Garner a call today!

Parent Education Classes

If you have a domestic relations case involving children under 18 years old, whether the case is for dissolution of marriage or allocation of parental responsibilities, in El Paso or Teller Counties, then you and the other parent will be required to attend a two-hour Parent Education Class to learn about the divorce process, how best to parent your children through a divorce, and the effects of divorce on your children. These classes are formally called the CFIT Seminar, for Children and Families in Transition. If you do not live within a reasonable distance of Colorado Springs, yet your case is pending in Colorado Springs, you may be able to take a different course elsewhere, so long as the class is approved by the Court. Also, if your cases is filed in another Colorado county, chances are that you will have to take a parent education class approved by your jurisdiction. Check with the court clerk in your county for more information.The Effect of Divorce on Children

Classes for both El Paso and Teller Counties are held in Colorado Springs, in the jury assembly room, Room W113, of the El Paso County Courthouse, 270 South Tejon. The courses are held three times per month, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, and from noon to 2:00 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Reservations are not required, but you should arrive early enough to find parking, go through building security, and locate the classroom in time to register. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late, you will not receive credit. Bring your case number to make sure you get proper credit.

Please note that you are not permitted to bring children with you to the parenting seminar. For the Friday class only, babysitting is available through Court Care; however, you must call ahead and make a reservation for your children. The Court Care office may be reached at (719) 442-1972.

If your case is filed in El Paso or Teller Counties, there is no extra charge to attend the CFIT Seminar, as a fee is charged as part of your filing fees. However, if you are attending the Colorado Springs class for a case filed outside of El Paso or Teller Counties, then you will have to pay a fee of $25.00 to obtain credit.

The class consists of three videos: the first film describes the court process, including the terms and concepts involved in the allocation of parental responsibilities; the second video describes co-parenting; and the third details the effects of divorce on children. This is a valuable seminar: you will learn important information that will help you make your divorce or separation as easy as possible for your children.

If you have children are considering divorce or a suit for the allocation of parental responsibilities, call the Law Office of Kirk Garner today to discuss your legal rights and remedies.

About Kirk Garner

Kirk Garner was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1967.  He was raised in and around Lubbock, Texas, and graduated from Shallowater High School in 1985.  Kirk graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.  The week after graduation, he married his wife of now 22 years.  They have three daughters.

Kirk graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1995.  During law school, he served on the Baylor Law Review, and was a member of the international legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi and the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society.

Upon graduation, Kirk Garner was admitted to the Texas Bar, and practiced law in Winnsboro, Texas, for fifteen years.  He had a general small-town practice, including family law, civil litigation, probate, and criminal defense.

In 2010, Kirk obtained his license to practice law in Colorado.  He and his family pulled up stakes and moved to Colorado Springs, where they had always wanted to live.

Kirk Garner opened his Colorado Springs law office in 2010. The Colorado Springs office is devoted to all aspects of family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, adoption, and grandparents’ rights.

In 2011, Kirk Garner added a second office in Woodland Park to better serve his clients in Teller County.  The Woodland Park practice is more of a general-civil, small town law firm. In addition to family law and dissolution of marriage, the office handles civil litigation, probate, and other matters. Have a case in Teller County? Call Kirk Garner today to see if he can help.

Contact Kirk Garner

Telephone:  (719) 286-9393

Facsimile:  (888) 488-9022

Email:  kirk@kirkgarner.com

The El Paso County Office is located in The Downtown Executive Center at the intersection of East Vermijo and South Wasatch, three blocks east of the El Paso County Courthouse.

Law Office of Kirk Garner
422 E. Vermijo, Suite 312
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80923

The Teller County Office is located on the second floor of the Pikes Peak Credit Union at the intersection of West Midland and Highway 67.

Law Office of Kirk Garner
720 W. Midland Ave., Suite 201
P.O. Box 299
Woodland Park, Colorado 80866

Please call for an appointment.

Welcome to my blog!

Kirk Garner has offices in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

Kirk Garner has offices in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park.

My name is Kirk Garner.  I am a lawyer with fifteen years experience in a wide variety of family law matters, from divorce to child custody, child support to visitation, grandparents’ rights to adoption.  I practice law in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

I am writing this blog to provide general information to people who are considering or are already engaged in family law litigation in the State of Colorado.  I will address various topics related to family law cases; however, not everything will be directly related to litigation.  I will provide information to help parents guide their children through the difficult and painful process of separation, divorce, and visitation.

You should be aware that the advice and information provided in this blog does not create an attorney-client relationship.  Your comments are not covered by the attorney-client privilege.  If you are  seeking specific information about the law and facts of your particular case, you should contact an attorney in your area.

If you have a topic that you would like me to discuss, please let me know.  If you need further information, contact my office to set up a consultation.  I look forward to meeting you and assisting you and your family with all of your family law needs.