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Paul M. Gaide

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fort Collins, CO

5.0   18 reviews

also known as Paul M. Gaide, Esquire, Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide

  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 12 years
    Colorado - CO 13 years
    Connecticut - CT 33 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State CO
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Paul

Learn Paul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Attorney Gaide brings a unique combination of education and vocational experiences in law, finance, insurance, tax, accounting and business to domestic relations cases, which results in his clients receiving valuable insights and exceptional service when assets / debts / spousal support and child support are at issue. Attorney Gaide is also passionate about assisting families with children issues, such as abductions, emotional abuse, physical abuse, alienation of parent, decision making, etc.

  2. Family

  3. Child custody

  4. Mediation

For over thirty-four years Paul M. Gaide’s practice has emphasized superior representation of clients in state and federal courts, and in transactions.

Mr. Gaide’s unique combination of education and vocational experiences in law, finance, insurance, tax and accounting result in his family law clients receiving valuable insights and exceptional service. 

Prior to opening his own firm, Mr. Gaide practiced law with the multi-national Am Law 100 firm of Edwards & Angell, LLP (n/k/a Locke Lord, LLP), and the then third largest law firm in Connecticut, Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin (dissolved).  

Family Law - Litigations and Mediation Cases have included the following types of issues and results:

  • Parental Abduction - child recovered
  • Dissolution of 20+ year marriage - client received received $150,000 temporary order for maintenance and attorney fees; and approximately $4.25 million in pre-decree allocation of assets - $40+ million in marital assets in dispute
  • Dissolution of 24+ year marriage - client received approximately $1 million in marital assets and spousal maintenance of $10,000 per month, for life
  • Dissolution of 22+ year marriage – Separation Agreement overturned; client ordered to receive approximately $2 million in marital assets; $12,500 per month in spousal maintenance for one month shy of 10 years; 50/50 parenting time with minor daughter, favorable decision-making; back child support of $3, per month for 24 months, and ongoing child support of $5, per month
  • Dissolution of 32-year marriage - client received approximately $1,800,000 of net marital assets and $4,589 per month of spousal maintenance for ten (10) years
  • Post-Decree Motion to Modify: Client (mother) awarded sole custody, sole decision making and child support. Father ordered confined to county jail for 60 days for contempt of court. Father ordered to engage in reintegration therapy.
  • Dissolution of Marriage: On 13-month marriage, client retained about $1,410,000 of separate property; both parties waived spousal maintenance; wife received $5,000 settlement.
  • Dissolution of marriage - client received an award of $50,000 as a pre-decree distribution, plus $5,800 per month in "temporary" maintenance
  • Post-Decree Enforcement of Property Division - ex-spouse ordered to pay $130,000, plus statutory interest, plus attorney's fees
  • Post-Decree Spousal Maintenance Modification - client's spousal support obligation was reduced by approximately $150,000 over approximately ten (10) years
  • Post-Decree Child Support Modification - mother awarded an increase in child support in the approximate amount of $45,000 per year
  • Dissolution of 17-year marriage: wife awarded about $260,000 in marital assets; plus interest at 8% per annum; plus attorney's fees; $4,700 per month in spousal maintenance for 8 years; and child support of $945 per month for one child
  • Dissolution of marriage with 3-year old child: Father awarded 50/50 parenting time over CFI recommendation that he be awarded 5 days out of every 14 days (with large gaps without parenting time)
  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities - client/father of 4-year old daughter awarded 10/14 overnights for parenting time; full decision-making (with obligation to consult with mother) (over CFI recommendation); and child support from mother

Commercial Litigations - Case have included the following types of issues:

  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Collection
  • Commercial and Residential Landlord - Tenant Disputes
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Constructive Trust
  • Consulting / Employment Contract
  • Contested Post Judgment Representation Discovery / Executions / Foreclosures / Garnishments / Lien and Lien Enforcement / Turnover
  • Foreclosures (Commercial and Residential) (Judgment Creditor, Mortgagee and Mortgagor)
  • Fraud and Fraud Investigations
  • Fraudulent Inducement
  • Guaranties (Secured and Unsecured)
  • Laches
  • Lien Enforcement
  • Mechanic’s Lien Litigation
  • Mortgage - Deed of Trust Default / Note Default (Secured and Unsecured)
  • Partner / Partnership Disputes
  • Piercing Corporate Veil Litigation
  • Prejudgment Remedies / Commercial Waiver
  • Professional Malpractice (Attorney)
  • Property Valuation Disputes
  • Quantum Meruit
  • Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO)
  • Security Agreements
  • Self-Insurance Agreements
  • Statutory - Civil Theft (Plaintiff and Defense)
  • Tax Disputes
  • Time and Materials
  • Title Litigation Adverse Possession Representation / Boundary Disputes / Contractor-Subcontractor Litigation
  • Tortious Interference with Business Expectancies
  • Tortious Interference with Business Relations
  • Unfair Trade Practices Litigation
  • Unjust Enrichment
  • Worker’s Compensation - Lien Enforcement 
  • Vendor Disputes
  • Zoning Disputes

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Posted by jon | March 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paul worked with me on a complicated divorce and did a really good job for me. Paul was able to do all the paper work end and Let me know what I needed to supply so we could be organized and get this done as quickly as possible. He was also very supportive on my side dealing with the other lawyer by letting me know my rights. I greatly appreciate what Paul did for me.
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Posted by Dan | March 31, 2021
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I highly recommend Paul. He fought very hard for me. His knowledge of businesses, assets, and the law in a highly contested divorce was crucial and successful. I hired Paul based on reviews on Avvo after my other attorney was not meeting my needs. Do not make that costly mistake. Divorce is rough, Paul was the best decision I made during the divorce and I would have been better off if I had hired him from the start. He is very easy to work with, easy to talk to, and passionate. It has become a saying in my family now, especially for post-divorce issues, "Call Paul, have him take care of it".
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Posted by Ed | March 31, 2021
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Divorce Attorney
I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever with Paul! He helped me tremendously through difficult times. His expertise and local knowledge were immensely valuable. I can even say we ended up as friends!
Posted by Nicholas | March 30, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
I hired Paul Gaide to handle my Divorce case Which he did with much professionalism. Mr Gaide knows Divorce law and is there to protect his clients rights . He always responded to my calls in 24 hours I would greatly recommend him . He cares Bottom line
Posted by Jeff | March 29, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent knowledge paired with thoughtful approach
Paul's ability to ask the right questions, digest the information, and then formalize a strategy and determine appropriate tactics in a high-dollar, high-conflict divorce was invaluable. It is very difficult to know what constitutes a good divorce attorney until you are in the middle or at the end of a divorce. I can assure you that Paul is a very good divorce attorney and he has the knowledge and personality necessary to get to a positive resolution. Thanks to Paul's resourcefulness was able to end a multi-year complicated and highly contested divorce allowing me to move on with my life while maintaining my financial security.
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Posted by Tanja | July 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent !!!
Mr. Gaide was wonderful to work with, very organized and respectful. He provided a lot of insight into my legal situation. I felt like he was in my corner and fought for me. He always responded in a timely manner to any questions and concerns I had and was patient with me. I highly recommend Mr. Gaide!!
Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2018
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High Asset International Divorce - Client rferral
The extreme difficulties of divorcing a sociopathic narcissist can only be met with very high integrity for any chance of success. Mr. Gaide has shown the highest level of integrity which has allowed the courts to see the circumstances beyond the divorce in my case. With clear, lawful and respectful professionalism that has overcome the manipulations of the SN and willing, funded council. In my case. By demonstrating to the courts concise and true facts, Mr. Gaide's navigation in this process has maintained the focus and true course of the divorce process. The very high assets of our marital estate and ongoing businesses are in two countries. The extreme attention to verified information gathering and rapid accumulation of knowledge of the processes abroad and their application and coordination in the US by Mr. Gaide has resulted in far greater and absolute protections of my assets in both countries. The ability to have accurate and internationally certified information for the foreign country as well as all translated and official information needed for the fair and equitable permanent orders in Colorado has clearly separated us from the noise and lack of integrity in the exhibits from the respondent and his council both in the US and abroad. Mr. Gaide has represented my case by "raising the bar" Timely and accurate filings combined with Mr. Gaide's integrity, honesty and unfailing directness with the courts- which in my very high asset, international divorce from a sociopathic narcissist, has given me surety in our final orders and its eventual distribution. Beyond the extremely complicated nature of my divorce, Mr. Gaide has been highly respectful to me. His experience combined with true compassion has been unfailing throughout our process.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2018
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Amazing person/attorney who knows what he is doing and therefore empowers you to make the wise decisions.
I was very lucky to have a lawyer like Paul he helped me win and we didn't just win...we won big, during a high emotional divorce and child custody process he gave me back what was lost for years: a sence of peace, safety and justice. I want to sincerely thank you for all the hard work and support you put into my case I was impressed by the knowledge you have not just at law but culture as well you make me fell very secure and talk to you was like talk to a friend. If you need an attorney you can trust who will passionately fight for you and knows how, who is personable, reachable and cost-effective Paul Gaide is the one. Thank you so much for being there for me when I most needed it. He is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2018
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Paul is the Definition of Ethics and Dedication
In general, I'm not a big fan of attorneys. However, when my spouse hired a lawyer during separation, it became apparent to me that I would be needing one. I consulted three firms before finally retaining Paul. He has proven to be what I used to believe was a mythical creature: an honest, dedicated attorney who actually listens to the facts of your case and values your input, cares about the outcome (not just the billable hours), and works tirelessly toward a fair and equitable outcome. Throughout a very long case, against some truly nasty & devious opposing counsel, he has applied his vast wealth of knowledge in finance and law to navigate very complex issues. He is a well-balanced combo of brilliant, creative, stubborn and principled, and I am very, very glad I stumbled upon him.
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Posted by Debra | July 8, 2015
Professional and Smart
From the moment Mr. Gaide took over my case I knew finally I was in good hands. This was a very frustrating long drawn out situation that needed someone who wouldn't give up. Someone who possessed the knowledge necessary to keep me from being taken advantage of. Mr Gaide did just that ! He was not only very professional but truly made the difference between walking away a victim or receiving a fair settlement. He is one smart attorney and I would highly recommend him to anyone with a difficult case.
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Posted by Mark | July 7, 2015
MSC Review Paul Gaide
Paul Gaide handled my contested divorce from my wife of 32 years. Paul is very knowledgeable about the divorce laws and procedures and represented me well. Paul is also very knowledgeable about tax implications and gave me helpful advice during the divorce process. My divorce was settled 3 days prior to going before the judge. I feel I gave too much to settle but Paul advised me it could be worse. Opposing counsel was onerous and uncooperative which caused my legal fees to go up quite a bit. I became unemployed 3 months after the divorce was final and Paul successfully got my payments lowered to $200/month (from $4800/month!!). I would recommend Paul to friends if they are unfortunate enough to require a divorce attorney.
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Posted by gisela | July 4, 2015
Excellent in every way-
I have nothing but great hings to say about my experience with Paul M Gaide- I have faith in the justice system again because of his passion and professionalism towards his job and the legal system. I have only one regret- that Ii wish I had consulted with him 1st Not only did he show compassion , He was simply excellent and used every source he could in the most confusing and difficult time in my life. A blessing.
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Posted by Stella and kids | May 26, 2014
Hard to write just one paragraph
Paul represented me through the final year and a half of my divorce. Frustrated with the dishonesty of opposing counsel, Paul saved me from financial loss and most importantly the loss of my children. Paul was meticulous in reviewing the countless legal documents that we were bombarded with almost on a daily basis. His financial background and knowledge saved me from hiring outside consultants. His attention to detail is unparelled. He was overly prepared for mediation, depositions, and the courtroom. Paul always truly listened. He made himself available by phone, text, and email. He never lost sight of what was important to me and at the same time protected all my assets. I could not have done it without his unwavering dedication to my case. We will be forever grateful.
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Posted by A. | April 13, 2014
Great Result
My husband or over 30 years decided that he needed to "find himself ". He expected me to just accept this and to stick me with all the left overs while he took all the money assets. He also did not think he would need to pay me any maintainence after 35 years. Paul was very good with presenting things to me that I would not have realized. He is thoughtful and well organized. He was a good support and helped me greatly at one of the worst times of my life. I was able to get what I deserved and to move forward with my life knowing that I dont have to worry about a roof over my head, and a hot meal every day.
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Posted by Tom | March 9, 2014
Thanks Paul, for a job well done!
It is with appreciation and without reservation that I write this review for my lawyer Paul Gaide, Esquire. From start to finish Paul led the way though our very difficult divorce. Thoughout this entire complicated process he kept me totally informed and up to date of what was happening. Paul saved us money by facilitating fair settlement in the shortest possible time. I wholeheartedly recommend Mr. Gaide to anyone that wants a competent, considerate, efficient professional lawyer that can be trusted.
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Posted by Tami | August 19, 2013
Excellent Client Service
I was so nervous going into the courtroom, I've never dealt with lawyers, courtrooms, or a judge before. I relaxed as soon as Paul started speaking with the judge, his demeanor was as professional as anyone could have hoped for. He and his team made a very difficult personal situation a lot easier. Paul's knowledge of the law and his "take control" attitude was evident from the very beginning. I could not have been happier or more at ease knowing he had my best interests at heart. My husband, who has dealt with lawyers before, stated he knew I was in good hands as soon as he met Paul. Colorado is blessed to have you, thank you sincerely.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2013
Trustworthy, and amazingly capable!
Paul handled my case in court and I felt secure in his knowledge and ability. I would recommend Paul to anyone looking for a quality, capable and caring lawyer.
Posted by Alan | December 5, 2012
Review of the abilities of Paul M. Gaide
I worked for a company that had hired Paul M. Gaide as one of many attorneys working on our accounts. I found Paul to be so outstanding at what he did as an attorney, I began to give him all of the business in his geographical area instead of the other , less knowledgable firms the company had dealt with in the past. I found Paul to be extremely trustworthy, very responsive and his abilities far exceeded any attorney I have worked with either before and after. I have never seen an attorney who comes up to Pauls abilities and ethics. I would hire Paul i n an instant were I in a position to need an attorney today. I highly recommend him.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 125-495 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal / Counsel
  • Law Offices of Paul M. Gaide
  • 1994 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Edwards Angell, LLP (merged into Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP)(merged into Locke Lord, LLP)
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Associate Attorney
  • Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin
  • 1989 - 1993


  • University of Colorado School of Law
  • Juris Doctor - Emphasis in Taxation
  • 1989
  • University of Denver College of Business Administration
  • B.S.B.A. - Finance (Bal F. Swan Scholar)
  • 1980

Legal Cases

  • The Cadle Company, et al. v. Flanagan, et al., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14928, District of Conn.
  • Client awarded first known jury verdict under RICO against attorneys claiming to be acting in the practice of law.
  • : Fleet Bank Connecticut, N.A. v. Carillo, 240 Conn. 343, 691 A.2d 1068 (1997)
  • Client was able to sweep the account.


  • Larimer County Bar Association
  • 2013 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Law Firm
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • 2023
  • Top 10 Family Law Attorney
  • Best of the Best Attorneys
  • 2023
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • 10 Best Law Firms - Colorado - 2020
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • 10 Best Attorney in Colorado
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Law Firms - Colorado - 2019
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Member of the Year
  • Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Inc.
  • 1991
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  • Research Assistant
  • N. STEUBEN, REAL ESTATE PLANNING (Cases, Materials, Problems, Questions and Commentary) (3d ed. 1989)
  • 1989

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (6)
Endorse Paul
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Paul is very knowledgeable on the law."
Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"Paul is a skilled litigator with a deep understanding of domestic matters. He cares about his clients, and he works very hard to achieve the best possible outcome for them."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is a very strong lawyer who works with his clients to find the best possible solution. He is very knowledgeable in the law."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul is a top-notch litigator who cares deeply for his clients. I am very impressed with his skills in the courtroom. He is extremely knowledgeable in the law."
Family Attorney | Jul 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am very impressed with Paul's work ethic and his dedication to achieving results for his clients. Paul offers a no nonsense approach and will fight for his client's rights. I highly recommended this attorney."
Family Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Other
"Paul is extremely intelligent and always willing to share his knowledge and experience"
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Paul is extraordinarily experienced and highly competent. I have been very impressed with his judgment and legal skills over the past few months. He is a strong writer and presents as an authority on the subject by the time he gets to the podium in court."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Gaide is well regarded in the Denver community as an extremely knowledgeable and intelligent lawyer. He handles every case with integrity, compassion, and the utmost concern for his client's best interests. He has handled countless cases of great complexity with proven success and I highly recommend his work."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paul's years of experience proved invaluable while we worked on a very complex case together. Big or small, there is no issue Paul cannot handle in a highly professional and competent manner."
Family Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is thorough and compassionate and is creative in assisting his clients get through one of the more difficult times in their lives."
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