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Carl Olaf Graham

Family Attorney at Colorado Springs, CO

4.8   12 reviews
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  • State Years
    Colorado - CO 25 years
    California - CA 32 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1999
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1991
    Resigned No misconduct found

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

About Carl

Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Represent clients in all aspects of family law, including divorce/separation/annulment, child custody & support issues, grandparent visitation, paternity, military divorce issues, and more.

    33 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Child custody
    In reality, many divorce cases also involve child custody issues, so thanks to this overlap, the actual percentage of cases involving child custody is higher.

    33 years, 500 cases

  3. Child support
    In reality, most divorce cases also involve child support issues, so thanks to this overlap, the actual percentage of cases involving child support is higher.

    33 years, 500 cases

  4. Divorce and separation

    33 years, 700 cases

Carl O. Graham is the managing partner of , a Colorado Springs family law firm. He received his B.Sc. in Politics & International Studies from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom in 1988, and his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law in 1991. Carl was an Army JAG officer from 1992 to 2000, whereupon he entered private practice. He was chair of the El Paso County Family Law Section, and has held a variety of leadership positions in local and state legal organizations, including the El Paso County Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section, and the Ben Wendelken American Inn of Court. Carl has presented numerous Family Law Institutes other CBA-CLE seminars. He created two online guides: the Colorado Divorce & Family Law Guide () and the Military Divorce Guide (), wrote “An Introduction to Family Law and the Military” for the Colorado Lawyer, and is author of the Military Parenting chapter of the CBA publication, Practitioner’s Guide to Colorado Domestic Relations Law.


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2 N Cascade Ave
Ste 1100
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-1620


4.8 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Mary | March 11, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best and most knowledgeable family law attorneys in Colorado
As an attorney who has practiced family law for over a decade, I quickly decided to have Carl and his team represent me in my own nasty divorce and child custody battle. I had been incredibly impressed with him when he was opposing counsel against me in the past, and was even more impressed with his representation. My divorce and child custody issues lasted almost 3 years. Carl was professional, insightful, affordable and quickly responded to all my inquiries. He sifts through the junk and focuses your case on the important issues that lead to the best outcome possible for your case. I was absolutely astounded by the results of my case, which far exceeded any of my expectations. He is incredibly prepared, whether for mediation or for trial. We had a very limited time during our two trials and he performed exquisitely in a way that only an attorney with decades of experience, legal knowledge and true preparation of the individual details of your case can preform. My children are safe because of Carl’s wise counsel and incredible representation. I literally cannot give him or his team a review that does them the Justice they deserve, however, my heart will be forever grateful that Carl and his team gave me and my children the Justice we deserved, Justice that is so often not found in our court system.
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Posted by Christa | July 15, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Wealth of knowledge
I hired Carl Graham for a military post-decree matter that he handled quickly and precisely. Mr. Graham is an amazing wealth of knowledge and experience. I would definitely hire him again!
Posted by Ajchara | March 29, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney at law
I received outstanding service and understanding from this law firm. In a difficult time they were always their with support and advice. I can’t express enough my gratitude for all they did.
Posted by Jim | September 11, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Mr. Graham reviewed, researched and answered questions I had regarding newer court rulings. He did an excellent job explaining and interpreting these rulings and the consult was very worthwhile.
Posted by anonymous | May 9, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and knowledgeable
I came in for a one hour consultation and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of knowledge Mr. Graham had regarding what I was told was a very complex case. I left with a better idea of the direction(s) my case could go in, where before I really had no clue. I would recommend him to anyone looking for expertise in family law, especially if they are dealing with military related matters.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding attorney
Carl Graham represented me in a difficult and complicated divorce case. He did an outstanding job, understood the critical issues, was very responsive, and gave me the best advice possible. Additionally, his staff was very helpful. Carl also consulted with other attorneys on issues that were outside his expertise, and as a result I got the best overall representation possible. I highly recommend Carl Graham as a family law attorney.
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Posted by A recent Client of Mr.Carl Graham | September 25, 2014
No case is to big or to small for Carl. I highly recommend him for your attorney!
My ex is very high strung and difficult to get along with. We have been in and out of court for many years, hence we have been through quit a few family law attorneys. Once again I needed an attorney, so here I was again needing a family law attorney who knew what the heck they were doing. So I searched and searched.......and stumbled upon Black and Graham! I thank God every day I found Carl and hired him as my family law attorney. Not often an attorney will be upfront and honest. Carl is just that. He is honest, trustworthy, keeps in contact with you in regards to your case, he will not sugar coat nothing and he is always prepared! He will tell you the truth and he does NOT rob you of your money. The more time he spends and works on your case the more you will spend. But, in the end each dime is well worth it! I cannot say enough good things about this attorney. Not only his he great, but also the ENTIRE STAFF at Black and Graham. So, if you are reading this, I am assuming you are in need of a heck of a good attorney. Well.... You found the right person who will assist you in your legal matter. I highly highly recommend Mr Carl Graham! He took nothing but great care of me during my family law case! I just sat back and answered his questions with honest answers and he took care of the rest. THANKS CARL AND THE STAFF AT BLACK AND GRAHAM YOU ALL ARE AMAZING AND I COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU ALL!
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Posted by BG | June 9, 2014
I used Carl Graham for a fairly simple divorce. He is easy going and fair. Carl handled every aspect of the legal processes. Recommended.
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2012
Happy client
The attorneys at Black and Graham have been there for me when I have needed them the most. Carl Graham represented me in a family matter a few years back. He made the process easy to understand and less painful. He got me the results he predicted and in a promptly manner. I have never made a better choice in selecting Black and Graham to represent me in any legal matter. Fair disclosure – a partner is now my husband, but this occurred after my representation was complete. I know that the attorneys at Black and Graham are courteous, friendly, and professional. I have been there many times to observe how they treat other clients, and they will do whatever is in their power to help you and guide you as best they can and get you a more than satisfactory outcome.
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Posted by Amanda | June 21, 2012
Excellent attorney
Carl is an excellent attorney. I'm positive that I won my case due to his expertise.
Posted by Zoran | April 16, 2011
Excellent and very professional
I retained services of Mr. Graham for my divorce initially and 4 years later for a child support issue. In both cases, issues were handled properly and with the least amount of headaches. I am very happy and have saved not only money, but time and worries. I would strongly recommend Mr. Graham for family law issues. - Zoran I.
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Posted by anonymous | February 8, 2015
Use caution on this one
I used Mr. Graham for my divorce as a military officer. The parenting plan he wrote up was very vague and caused contention between me and my ex. This contention led me to file for a parenting modification with very complicated issues. Mr. Graham did not listen to some of my concerns and opinions and dismissed them. This caused me to lose in court and the judge to rule against me. I spent over $5K for nothing after him telling me this was pretty much an easy case and I would get more time with my kids. He missed a lot of key points and let the other attorney dominate in court. I have no doubt Mr. Graham knows the law but seems to do what he wants rather than what you want. I would suggest shopping around, better attorneys out there
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  • Hourly Rates $ 315-345 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Graham.Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Family Law Partner
  • Black & Graham, PC
  • 2006 - 2018
  • Attorney at Law
  • Carl O. Graham P.C.
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Attorney at Law
  • U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps
  • 1992 - 2000
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  • UCLA School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1991
  • University of Southampton (U.K.)
  • B.Sc
  • 1988


  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2010 - 2012
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • Trustee
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Council
  • 2008 - 2010
  • El Paso County Family Law Section
  • Chair
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of Court
  • Executive Committee
  • 2005 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
  • El Paso County Bar Association
  • 2010


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Speaking Engagements

  • 2014 Colorado Bench & Family Law Institute Annual Conference
  • Uniform Deployed Parents Custody & Visitation Act
  • 2014
  • Family Law Institute
  • Military Issues Update
  • 2009
  • Annual Family Law Update
  • Military Parenting & Deployment
  • 2009
  • Military Law Conference
  • Parenting Issues & The Military
  • 2008
  • Military Law Conference
  • Military Retirement & Divorce
  • 2008
  • Family Law Institute
  • Family Law & The Military
  • 2007
  • CLE Luncheon
  • Family Law Jurisdiction
  • 2006
  • Family Law Section Annual Conference
  • Military Aspects of Family Law
  • 2005
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (20)
Endorse Carl
Family Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a leading expert in military divorce and family law and is generous with his time in assisting other attorneys understand military divorce and family law. He also donates his time in presenting classes on military divorce and family law."
Family Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Graham is greatly respected for his expertise and professionalism and well known for these attributes throughout the legal community."
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Graham is truly an expert in this field of law. He is often sought out by attorneys for his expertise in regards to issues involving military law. No attorney is more knowledgeable on how a person's military career and benefits can be affected by a divorce/ separation or child custody issue."
Family Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is extremely knowledgeable about military issues that are important in dissolution cases, and is the "go-to" attorney in Colorado on them."
Family Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Carl Graham is recognized as the top military family law attorney in El Paso County, He routinely assists attorney state-wide with complex military family law issues. He is detailed and focused and knows the family law inside and out."
Family Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Carl is experienced and knowledgeable, and is an effective advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl is excellent attorney who is extremely professional in every aspect of the word. He is well known and respected in the community. He provides exceptional service to his clients. I have referred many people to him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is a leading authority on matters pertaining to military retirement. If you have a tough question, he is the go to guy!"
Military law Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl has vast experience in all fields of law related to family and military law. He has given public presentations to fellow attorneys in Colorado Springs and makes himself available for telephone consultations."
Family Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl is the "go to" lawyer for military domestic relations issues. If anyone is looking for a domestic relations lawyer, especially if you have military issues, Carl is as good as it gets."
Military law Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl Graham is an expert in military implications in divorce/ child custody. I have heard him lecture; and am far from the only lawyer in Colorado who knows to call Carl if you want the right answers/ information (especially pertaining to military-related legal issues). Carl is committed to his profession and his clients."
Family Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Carl is a true professional. He knows the law, and he is extremely easy to work with, while always vigorously representing his clients interests. When I am in need of a lawyer in the family law area in Colorado Springs, he is our firm's "go to" guy!"
Family Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is smart and level headed. He is an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Family Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Carl Graham is considered the expert regarding military issues in family law cases. He teaches many continuing education classes on the topic. Numerous attorneys call Carl for advise with divorce cases that involve military issues."
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Colorado Springs Family Lawyer Carl Olaf Graham
Carl Olaf Graham
Family Attorney
Colorado Springs, CO
Licensed for 32 years
Virtual consultation available