Specializing in Family Law, Child and Family Investigations, PC/DM, Simple Estate Planning, and Mediation
DECISION MAKER (PC/DM)
"I highly recommend Jennifer as an attorney. My initial consultation with her was wonderful. I felt relief and great right after I consulted with her, most especially; I was out of state at that time. She has helped me in such a way that I don't feel intimidated. She was thorough throughout my experience as well as dependable. I was also very encouraged by her honesty and compassion.
Surely I have other choices for an attorney, but I chose Jennifer because my consultation with her gave me a great impression of her qualities as I have also described above."
— Ron, Former Client
"I am very happy with my lawyer who handled my divorce. During a difficult time she was understanding and supportive. It was such a relief and comfort to have someone on my side looking out for my best interests. After talking to several people who have recently been divorced, I am even more grateful for the job Mrs. McDonald did. When I hear about some of the terms of friends divorces I feel lucky to of had Mrs. McDonald, as I did not have to "give up" too much and she knew what was important to me. I would definitely recommend her services."
— Stephanie, Former Client
At The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC we recognize that family law issues are deeply personal and that clients are going though trying and emotional experiences. We know that no two cases are alike, and we take the time to get to know the ins-and-outs of each case.
We believe in being honest and candid with our clients. Our goal is to help clients come up with long term solutions for their personal situations. We know parties need to continue to work together even after their divorce or custody proceeding. We are devoted to representing our clients with zeal and integrity.
At The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC we take special pride in placing the needs of children at the center of our family law, divorce, and custody cases. We work with families, and encourage parents, to make choices that are in the best interest of their children. Ensuring positive outcomes for children is at the center in all of our legal work.
Our mission is to help parents finalize the divorce process with the ability to be civil to each other, for the sake of their children. Therefore, we strive to help parties achieve amicable solutions. Our work is settlement focused, but if it becomes necessary we will zealously advocate for you in court.
When necessary, we provide strong litigation advocacy to ensure your position in your divorce or child custody proceeding is presented to the court with poise and clarity.
JENNIFER S. MCDONALD
Jennifer McDonald focuses her practice on family law issues involving all aspects of divorce, custody, and post-decree issues. She represents clients across the State of Colorado, including but not limited to Arapahoe County, Adams County, Denver County and Douglas County.
Ms. McDonald founded The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC with the vision of running a family law firm that is child and family focused. Jennifer tries to help all of her client settle their divorce and custody cases.
Ms. McDonald handles cases involving high conflict divorce, dissolution of marriage, child custody, allocation of parental responsibilities, child support, maintenance, parental relocation, division of marital assets, grandparent rights, paternity, high asset divorces, civil protection orders, drafting and review of prenuptial agreements, and more. Jennifer is a Child and Family Investigator (CFI) , a Parenting Coordinator, and a Decision Maker (PC/DM). Jennifer also enjoys working as a mediator in family law cases. Jennifer is trained in Collaborative Divorce, and enjoys working with other collaborative law professionals. Ms. McDonald handles her cases from beginning to end to ensure you know what you have signed up for.
Ms. McDonald has two undergraduate degrees in English and Broadcast Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. During her time as a law student, Ms. McDonald served as a guardian ad litem representing children, and focused her studies on family law and domestic violence issues. Ms. McDonald is trained in mediation, and uses her negotiation skills to settle many of her cases. Ms. McDonald takes a child centered approach to divorce, and works to ensure that outcomes are in the best interest of children.
Ms. McDonald is passionate about helping families through the sensitive and difficult divorce process. She understands that every divorce is unique. Ms. McDonald works with her clients to craft arguments and settlements; and, she works hard to help clients find resolution and closure.
Jennifer McDonald is an active member of the Colorado Bar Association, the Arapahoe County Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, the Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, and Women Owned Law Firms. She is licensed in the State of Colorado and the District Court of Colorado.
Ms. McDonald is a native of Colorado. In her free time Ms. McDonald enjoys spending time enjoying the Colorado mountains with her husband and children.
Colorado Judicial Branch, Child and Family Investigator Training, Certificate of Completion, 2017
Mares-Dixon and Assoc. and University of Colorado Student Mediation Services,40-Hour Mediation Training, 2011
Introduction to Collaborative Divorce Practice, 2019
Comprehensive Training for Parenting Coordinators/Decision Makers, 2024
20-Hour HB23-1178 Domestic Violence Training, 2023
University of Colorado School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 2011
University of Colorado Boulder, BS - Bachelor of Science, 2006
University of Colorado Boulder, BA - Bachelor of Arts, 2006
Ongoing Continuing Legal Education
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, Member, 2019- Present
Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, Member, 2018 - Present
Arapahoe County Bar Association, Member, 2016 - Present
Colorado Women's Bar Association, Member 2018 - 2020
Programs Committee- Member 2018
Colorado Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Section Member, 2018 - Present
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Member, 2011 - Present
Colorado Bar Association, Member, 2011 - Present
Women Owned Law Firms, Member 2018- Present
Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court - Member, 2011 - 2013
Children's Legal Rights Journal, Sexting and Excessive Text Messaging: Symptoms of Teen Dating Violence?, 2010
The Impact of DV in Family Law Cases from the Perspective of CFI, DV Expert, Attorney, and Judicial Officer, CBA CLE Annual Family Law Institute, August 11, 2023
Colorado Divorce Law 101 (2021 Edition): Dissolution of Marriage Pleadings, MyLawCLE, November 15, 2021
Estate Planning: More Than Just Wills and Trusts, Gensler, Employee Presentation, May 13, 2019
Dissolution of Marriage: Division of Marital Property and Maintenance Considerations, Women’s Estate Planning Counsel, Monthly Meeting, May 9, 2019
2011 Area 3 Annual Meeting, Zonta International Teen Relationship Violence Panelist, 2011
PRO BONO ACTIVITIES
Metro Volunteer Lawyers
Probono CFI Appointment, 2018
18th Judicial District Family Law Day - Spring 2018
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado 2012
Best Lawyers, 2024
Super Lawyers, Colorado Rising Stars, 2019 through 2023
Best Divorce Lawyers in Centennial, Expertise.com, 2022, 2023
CHILD AND FAMILY INVESTIGATOR
A Child and Family Investigator (“CFI”) is a third-party neutral who is hired in a child custody case to do a brief and focused assessment of the best interest of the children. The CFI is hired by the parties, or appointed by the Court.
The CFI has an opportunity to visit each parent's home, interview both parents, interview other related people and interested parties, and meet with the minor children. The CFI then writes a report for the Court regarding what they have observed of the parties. The CFI makes recommendations to the Court regarding parenting time and decision making, based on what they believe is in the best interest of the minor child/children.
Our attorneys are experienced in working with CFIs, and will be able to tell you if hiring a child and family investigator would be beneficial in your case.
Jennifer McDonald, an attorney at our firm, is a trained Child and Family Investigator. She is available for CFI appointments. Please call our firm to discuss her appointment if you would like to hire her for an investigation. Her email is JMcDonald@JenniferMcDonaldLaw.com and our phone number is 720-345-2867.
The Law Firm of Jennifer S. McDonald, LLC
6860 S. Yosemite Court, Suite 2000
Centennial, CO 80112
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