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Divorce work can be trying and can also be challenging and sometimes very complicated, but because I care so much about people I find joy in doing the job every single day. Having worked as a family law lawyer exclusively for the past 13 years I can easily say that I am an expert in my field and that I have built a team of experts that provide excellent service and top-notch legal skills.  I have had the opportunity to enhance the lives of many individuals and their families during difficult times. Whether it is a divorce, a custody battle, a modification of maintenance or child support or modification of a custody or parenting time order, defense or prosecution of a contempt matter or a familial adoption, I have been there to ease my client's minds and provide them with top notch legal representation. My goal is always to negotiate an amicable settlement or resolution but when matters require trial or court, I have a total of 16 years of litigation experience and I have taken hundreds of cases to trial. I am a published author of a legal article, a continuing legal education presenter and currently the Chair of the Colorado Bar Association's Family Law Section which has over 1000 members state-wide.  My associate, Jamie Rutten, and I have filed several appeals and were successful in creating or upholding new law related to non-parent paternity and maternity actions.  In 2012, my peers rated me as one of the Top 100 Lawyers as well as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado (featured in SuperLawyers magazine as well as 5280 Magazine.)  I have built a team of experts and am proud to say my team is as successful as I am at providing the specialization and expertise a client needs in a family law case.  My personal specialty is working on complex family law cases  such as high asset divorces, complicated and contentious custody (APR) matters and post-decree modification cases. My team includes four associates, ranging in gender, age, and years of experience and we are supported by three experienced family law paralegals.  My  firm, Donelson, Ciancio & Grant, P.C. (DCG) has 18 other attorneys that specialize in most other areas of law, including business, tax, real estate, probate, estate planning, commercial and civil litigation, criminal law, injury law, water law and oil and gas.  Our strength is "specialization" and "expertise" and that gives me, my team and our firm the edge that is necessary in today's complex and challenging legal world.   We practice law throughout the State of Colorado with offices located in Broomfield, Longmont and Denver. If you need a legal expert I hope you consider DCG in your time of need. 


Practice areas


  1. Family: 100%
    20 years, 1 thousand cases



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Robert Brent Wareham

    Knowledgeable, capable, and experienced.


    Robert Wareham Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christopher Daniel Leroi

    Ms. Ciancio is simply an exceptional attorney who I would recommend to everyone and anyone. I am a former judge, former magistrate, former prosecutor, and an attorney with 24 years of experience. I still learn from her answers on Avvo on a daily basis and I am constantly impressed. She was also a formidable opponent.


    Christopher Leroi Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Donelson Ciancio & Grant, P.C.

8001 Arista Place
Suite 400
Broomfield, CO, 80021


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 50 Women Lawyers in Colorado (SuperLawyers)Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado (SuperLawyers)2012
SuperLawyer ColoradoSuperLawyer2011
ABBA Amicus AwardAdams/Broomfield Bar Association2005
Volunteer Lawyer of the Year AwardAdams County2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Shareholder / AttorneyDonelson, Ciancio & Grant, P.C.1999 - Present
Deputy District AttorneyAdams County District Attorney's Office1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionChair, Executive Council2012 - Present
Colorado Women's Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Colorado Bar FoundationMemberN/A
Adams/Broomfield Bar AssociationExecutive Director2004 - 2005
Adams/Broomfield Bar AssociationPresident2003 - 2004
Colorado Bar AssociationExecutive Counsel2003 - 2005
Colorado Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2002 - 2004
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Appeals In the Interest of S.N.V., a Child, and Concerning C.A.T.Court of Appeals overturned an adverse ruling at the trial court level.
and In re the Parental Responsibilities of A.D., and Concerning RuedaCourt of Appeals upheld our favorable trial court ruling.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Colorado LawyerModifying or Terminating Maintenance Based on Cohabitation2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Stetson UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section CLEModification of Maintenance2009