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Kimberly A.S. Utesch

Divorce and separation Attorney at Centennial, CO

4.9   17 reviews

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About Kimberly

Learn Kimberly’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    30%
    Allocation of Parental Responsibilities, Paternity

  2. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Divorces or Legal Separations with Children, Property Division, Self-Employed, Unbundled Services, Common Law Marriage, Invalid Marriage

  3. Child support
    25%

  4. Mediation
    13%

  5. Adoption
    2%

The legal system is an often challenging and a foreign place for people to navigate.  It helps to have an advocate who can help you with your legal issues, whether those issues require an advocate to help you protect your child, your family’s future, your financial interests, or your business.

Ms. Utesch founded Utesch Law, LLC in September 2012 and she practices primarily in family law, as a Child and Family Investigator, and mediator.  Ms. Utesch can also assist with some real estate issues and bankruptcy matters. A variety of payment options are available, including unbundled services.

Ms. Utesch has been a resident of Colorado since 1974 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University of Denver where she graduated with honors in 2002, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

During law school, Ms. Utesch completed an internship with The Honorable Judge Angela Arkin who presided over a domestic relations docket in Douglas County, Colorado until retiring from the bench, and for the Colorado Association of Realtors. 

Ms. Utesch believes in giving back to the community and is involved in a number of pro bono activities.  Also, it is important to stay educated in an ever-changing field and Ms. Utesch attends a number of continuing legal education activities in order to stay current in her fields of practice.

Utesch Law, LLC and Kim Utesch are committed to being responsive, accessible and ethical advocate to clients.  The firm continuously strives to provide high quality legal services with integrity, professionalism, and respect for clients and the community.

Ms. Utesch is on the statewide list for Child and Family Investigators and is willing to travel.

Ms. Utesch has previously been selected as a 2017 Super Lawyers Rising Star, and has recently been selected for the 2018 honor.

Licensed for 11 years
State CO
Status Active
Acquired 2011
Updated 01/13/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Kimberly

Utesch Law, LLC
6860 S. Yosemite Ct., Ste 2000
Centennial, CO, 80112

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by Kate | December 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic!!!
Kim brings a rugged grace to everything. We recently worked together on a very contentious case. Kim was exacting, efficient, and kind. It’s like the death blow had been dealt ( by Kim) but you were happy about it because she was subtle. I would definitely work with her again.
Posted by Ashley | January 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Effective and Straight-Forward
During a high conflict and emotionally charged divorce, Kim remained the calm in the storm to help get me through the rough road of divorce. She clearly explained the process, defined the parameters of the law and fought for me and my children's' best interests. I truly appreciated her candidness and straight forward answers to my questions and concerns. Apart from being a true professional, Kim was very easy to talk to and her demonstrated compassion for such emotional issues was very appreciated. At times when I thought I was going crazy, she helped bring me back to Earth with a solid, realistic plan that gave me something to grasp on to. She truly kept me grounded. While no one ever truly wins in a divorce, I felt that I walked away with what was fair. I believe this was due to Kim's dedication and expert ability to keep me balanced and focused on what I could realistically expect. I highly recommend Kim for anyone dealing with a difficult ex.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exemplary!
When it came to my custody battle hiring Kim Utesch was the best decision I ever made. She was aggressive, sensitive, professional, and extremely organized while handling my case. Dealing with the other party was extremely difficult and tiresome, Kim intervened and was able to be my voice when I needed it most. She never eluded to false promises or unattainable goals, but kept me on track with reality and what I could expect when it came to my custody battle. I feel extremely blessed to have had her in my corner and help fight what was in the best interest for my child and I. Best money I ever spent!
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Posted by Erwin | April 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent!!!
Kim is a passionate and realistic lawyer. She will not promise you anything that cannot be achieved. I was very impressed with her availability. Her responses to my questions were IMMEDIATE in many cases. That fact alone is impressive if we keep in mind that she runs her office without any assistance. The amount she charges per hour is ridiculously small for the great service she provides.
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Posted by Andrea | November 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I would hire her again.
Ms. Utech did an awesome job for me. She was able to settle the case.
Posted by Angie | July 29, 2015
Excellent divorce lawyer
Kim is a lawyer that you can trust to protect your best interests. She works on your case in a competent and professional manner. I feel Kim works very hard for her clients. She is very knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to use Kim services again. I feel anyone would be lucky to have Kim representing them.
Posted by lynn | July 29, 2015
Tough but Compassionate
Kim helped me through a very difficult divorce with extenuating custody issues. She has a very strong personality with an enormous respect for what is right and ethical. She very much plays by the rules. She won't back away from a challenge. She keeps her clients on a realistic expense track with being honest when weighing what is worth fighting for and which battles to pick. She presents pro and cons of issues and allows you to make informed decisions. She will advise you as far as she is allowed but encourages you to make your own decisions. She is patient with her clients even when the same question has been posed several times because she knows she is dealing with people in very stressful situations and times in their lives. She is compassionate and extremely easy to talk to. Kim has a wide knowledge base but is also honest when she feels someone else would be better to handle a certain topic. She does not lead you to unrealistic expectations just because it's what you want to hear. Her cross-examination skills and her ability to accomplish goals, as well as fair compromises, during mediation are excellent. My children's safety was my number one goal and she kept focus on that. I am thankful everyday that Kim was on my team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2015
Tenant/Landlord issues.....
Without going into details, Kim was successful with what I hired her for. She was very detail oriented and kept me informed every step of the way. Will definately use her services if ever I'm in need of them again! Very fair and reasonably pricing as well!
Posted by DP | January 30, 2015
Best decision Ever
Going through child custody and support was the hardest decision I ever made and was terrified to go through. I had a difficult past with my ex and I was afraid. When I hired Kim, I shared all my fears and what I wanted to accomplish and she was very understanding. She was very reassuring and I learned to trust her fairly quickly. Not once did she ever abuse my trust. She was on my side and did everything and anything she could possibly do for me. I wanted to give up during the case many times but she kept me strong as a person. She kept my mind straight and kept focus while I was falling apart. I am so thankful I hired her and I am very pleased with the outcome from my case. She protected me and fought for me and words will never describe how grateful I am. She stays in constant contact so you're never left in the dark and she will explain what you don't understand. She's an amazing lawyer. I would not have gotten through this ordeal if it wasn't for her.
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Posted by Melissa | December 16, 2014
Great divorce lawyer
Kim handled my divorce case. She provided excellent advice and help regarding dividing assets, child custody, and parenting time. She is highly knowledgeable and knows when to get tough. She was a lifesaver for me.
Posted by Paul | December 11, 2014
Brilliant Lawyer
I reached out to Kim based on some excellent results she produced for an ex-girlfriend of mine in a custody case. Prior to her, I had four other lawyers that were either unprepared or pursuing forth with their own agenda and not truly listening to what results I was trying to achieve. Kim is very knowledgeable and almost all responses came in less than 24 hours. She focuses on what your primary goal is, sets what your expectations should be and is very efficient at getting from point A to B. There was never a point where I didn't feel comfortable with whatever path she was guiding me down. End result: After multiple years of court hearings and meditations, I finally walked in and achieved the goals I was trying to achieve for my child.
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Posted by Rebekah | September 4, 2014
My Savior
In April of this year I began what May have been the most difficult period of my life. A knock down, drag out custody battle for my infant daughter. Her father was an alcoholic and a drug user and was in no way ready to parent an infant. I went to a few lawyers in the Pueblo area and just didn't feel confident in their skills or abilities or their concern for my case. My sister saw a review for Van Der Jagt Law Firm in Denver and we decided to give it a shot. We met with Culver Van Der Jagt and he highly recommended Kim Utesch as my attorney. I decided to retain her which was the smartest, wisest thing that I ever could have done. From the beginning Kim listened to my wants but also looked out for what would be in the best interest of my daughter and helped remind me of that. As the case went on it got very ugly with allegations and lies and Kim helped me to keep a level head and muddle through it. There was never a question that I asked that she couldn't answer or didn't answer up front and honestly; even if it may be something I didn't want to hear. Her level of knowledge and professionalism was unparalleled. This was such an emotional time for me and Kim always reassured me and helped me to keep a level head. I never went into a hearing or interview unprepared because of Kim and that made all the difference. The court was able to see his drug and alcohol use and problems and made orders accordingly. I have the utmost confidence now that my daughter will be safe and that her best interests were looked after. I can never express to Kim how much her work has made an impact in my life and those of my children. It is truly because of Kim that I can rest easy and assured at night knowing that my most precious gifts, my children, are safe. I would recommend Kim above any other lawyer I have ever met. She will take your wants, needs, the safety of your children, and your children's best interests and ensure that there is a safe and workable situation for them. Again, thank you Kim. You made the difference in my life and that of my children.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2014
Thankful
Ms. Utesch handled my difficult divorce and custody battle - I really had one focus throughout my divorce; my child's safety. Kim kept my best interest in mind, even though I often was not, and also gave me a better understanding of why things would or would not work the way I wanted it to; essentially providing a better understanding of the law. Ms. Utesch, though extremely busy, did not make me feel dismissed or unimportant, as I have experienced with past attorneys. Ms. Utesch was also able to stay level headed about everything in the moments I was unable to. It's likely that custody issues will arise again in the future for me and I can only hope that Kim will be available!
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Posted by Liz | May 2, 2013
A lawyer with a heart...
Kimberly helped me with harrassing neighbors, which is touchy situation in itself. The police and the courts do not help you at all, but Kimberly was able to give me some great advice and was able to represent me when I did have to go to court due to these people. I found her advice the most helpful advice I had received from anyone, including police, courts, and other lawyers, etc. I will use Kimberly from now on for any legal issues I have.
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2013
Strong, caring and professional
Last summer I found out my kids were going through a bad situation and I didn't know what to do or who to call. I called different lawyers and organizations and they either couldn't help me or were more interested in my income than the situation. I called Kim and she was very honest and straight forward with me. From the beginning she was passionate and listed to my concerns and questions; she kept me informed through the whole process, was very knowledgeable and I felt like she cared about my situation. I never had to wait long periods of time for her to respond to my questions and she never miss informed me. Everything happened just the way she predicted and she didn’t create unrealistic expectations. I learned a lot from her even at a personal level. I just feel lucky I came across Kim and now my kids are safer and I have peace of mind. I would describe Kim Utesch as strong, caring and professional.
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Posted by anonymous | August 30, 2012
Kimberly Utesch
Kimberly took on my case and all I can say is thank you Kim. I could have had to pay thousands of dollars in fines and am starting a new job and than could have had tons of community service....and than some more....and Kimberly had my back the entire time and I'm thankful to have Kim as my attorney. Thank you Kim!
Posted by Michelle | May 4, 2015
Good with Diffcult Cases
Kim was able to work well with what was a difficult and unusual case. She is very professional and always kept me informed of what was going on and what my options were for the next step.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Utesch Law, LLC
  • 2012 - Present

Education

  • University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2011

Associations

  • Metro Denver IDC
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Executive Council
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Colorado LGBT Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair Lawyers at the Library Committee
  • N/A
  • Colorado Women's Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Family Law Institute
  • When the Bough Breaks; Strained Parent- Child Relationships in High-Conflict Divorce
  • 2018
  • Meeting
  • Parental Alienation - Success in the Courtroom
  • 2017
  • Aging in Place with Faith
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • 2016
  • Meeting
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • 2015
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Contracts and Liability Issues for Dog Trainers
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (42)
Given (45)
Endorse Kimberly
Child custody Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Kim is an excellent attorney and detail-oriented, experienced, and thorough child and family investigator. Kim's settlement-oriented approach and mediation credentials provide value to her client's cases with a broad range of strategies. I fully endorse this attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I couldn't decide upon a practice area to recommend Kim for because she does so much and does it all brilliantly. She's a Child and Family Investigator, she's a mediator and she's an excellent litigator. She is extremely intelligent and simply amazing."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Utesch is an excellent family law attorney. She works extremely hard for her clients, and cares deeply about her cases. She is also a fabulous CFI. I would recommend her to anyone."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Other
"Kim was recently appointed as a C.F.I. in a case I had in Weld County. Although my client was on the losing end, I will say that Ms. Utesch was very easy to work with and did a fantastic job in her Report. Her findings and recommendations were well-written, easy to follow, logical, and comprehensive. I will use her again in the future."
Child custody Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent CFI with exceptionally well-researched and written reports."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Kim to be fearless when taking on hard cases. She covers a lot of bases in the family law arena as a mediator and a CFI as well as an advocate. I happily endorse her as a colleague."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a well-respected member of the family law community. Her experience as a child and family investigator and mediator bring a unique and welcome perspective to any family law case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have contacted Kim on a few occasions to obtain her insight into a case or a proceeding. She is hands down at the top of my list for family law attorneys in Colorado and I always learn something from her even though I've been in practice longer. I cannot recommend her enough. She is excellent."
Family Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is a top family attorney. Whenever I have a gnarly situation or tough question, I ask Kim first."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is one of top five family law attorneys on my list to refer cases. I do not practice family law and she has been a valuable resource in making sure my clients are protected and represented in all legal arenas."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Utesch is a very knowledgeable and effective advocate for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Kimberly. She is smart, knowledgeable, and cares about her cases."
Family Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Co-worker
"Kimberly "Kim" Utesch is a superb family law attorney. I worked with Kim at a previous firm and experienced her drive, skill, and work ethic first hand. I highly endorse Kim for child custody, divorce, and child support cases and related issues, such as protection orders, contempt, and enforcement of orders. Kim is a "lawyer's lawyer". Because she is a good attorney, she understands that "sweating the details" wins cases. She leaves no stone unturned as she works tirelessly for her clients. Her depth and breadth of legal knowledge is amazing. She knows what will work, and what won't work, in Colorado family law cases. She keeps abreast of all new family law cases, statutes, and rules and is never "out of date" on the law. A client is in good hands if he or she hires Kim to assist him or her in a family law case."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is incredibly resourceful, intelligent, and cares deeply about her clients. She is well-respected in the family law community and has a very diverse background in litigation, mediation, and as a Child and Family Investigator. I enjoy working with her."
Family Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kim is an excellent issue-spotter who has the necessary expertise to help her clients analyze the various issues in their case and reach a resolution. In the event a settlement is not possible, she has the courtroom skills required to take cases to trial and win. She is kind and down to earth, and (as an attorney who does not do family law) I frequently recommend her."
Family Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. My cases involve students with disabilities and when my clients need help with divorce/custody issues, Kim is the attorney I refer them to. I trust that she works for the best outcomes for kids. She is my go-to Family Law attorney. She has never let me down."
Family Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Kim! I have consulted Kim when I have legal questions. She is knowledgeable about many different areas of law, and is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and trustworthy people I know. I would (and have) recommended her services to friends and family."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Kim several years ago. She is highly knowledgable in her fields of expertise and thorough on her research. Kim truly cares about her client's cases and is very straightforward in advising her clients. I endorse this attorney."
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