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Carl O. Graham, Colorado Springs, CO divorce & family law attorney/lawyer, brings top tier representation at a mid-range price. He was chair of the El Paso County family law section, and regularly teaches classes on complex family law issues to fellow Colorado divorce lawyers.

Academically, Carl graduated with honors from the University of Southampton in the U.K., where he was captain of the debating team.  He scored in the top 2% on the LSAT, and was in the top 15% of his graduating class at the UCLA School of Law.

Professionally, Carl spent 8 years as an Army JAG attorney, where he helped soldiers and family members with family law and other issues, and was then both a prosecutor and defense counsel, ending as the Senior Trial Counsel at Fort Carson.  His background has given him insight into the military side of family law, and he is considered an authority on Colorado military divorce issues.

Since then, Carl has been a divorce & family law attorney in Colorado Springs more than 12 years.  His leadership and Colorado divorce experience is recognized by family law attorneys throughout Colorado who call him weekly with questions - even judges call once or twice a year.  Carl is among the few divorce lawyers in Colorado Springs to receive a “Distinguished” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is the only domestic relations attorney in El Paso County with an Avvo rating of 10.0 (Superb).  These are authentic, merit-based recognitions, not sponsored listings.

Carl’s clientele includes general officers, physicians and other professionals, average people from all walks of life trying to do the best for their families, and those of limited means who have help to pay for a quality family law attorney.  He is particularly proud at how often satisfied clients, and even former adversaries, recommend him to their family and friends.

Each of Carl's cases benefits from his 20-year track record of successful litigation.  He has contested hundreds of cases in front of judges and juries, from multi-million dollar divorces with competing experts, to parenting or child support modifications; and prosecuted or defended every crime imaginable, from 1st degree murder and rape, to drugs and larceny.  In short, Carl knows how to try a case - if your case is contested, you need a veteran Colorado Springs divorce litigator.

Many cases settle without the client having to enter a courtroom. A settlement is more likely to be favorable with a seasoned Colorado Springs family law attorney on your team who approaches negotiations with the confidence of knowing the law, being prepared, and the other side knowing Carl is ready to go to court should negotiations fail.

Carl devotes 100% of his practice to Colorado divorce & family law in El Paso and Teller Counties. If you need a CO divorce or family law attorney, talk to one who specializes solely on the family law issues that matter to your case, not a "jack-of-all-trades" who dabbles in a bit of everything.

Visit our web site at, or call us at (719) 328-1616 to schedule a consultation with Carl.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 20%
    25 years, 700 cases
  2. Family: 20%
    25 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Military Law: 20%
    25 years, 600 cases
  4. Child Support: 20%
    25 years, 500 cases
  5. Child Custody: 20%
    25 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($315-345/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

15 total 

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  • Aaron Paul Gaddis

    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.


    Aaron Gaddis Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

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    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.


    Kelly McPherson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Black & Graham PC

2 N Cascade Ave
11th Floor
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903-1620


CAResigned 199108/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bryan S. Gardner Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardEl Paso County Bar Association2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney at LawBlack & Graham, LLC2006 - Present
Attorney at LawCarl O. Graham P.C.2000 - 2006
Attorney at LawU.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps1992 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
El Paso County Bar AssociationTreasurer2010 - 2012
El Paso County Bar AssociationTrustee2008 - 2010
Colorado Bar Association, Family Law SectionExecutive Council2008 - 2010
El Paso County Family Law SectionChair2006 - 2008
Ben S. Wendelken American Inn of CourtExecutive Committee2005 - 2009
Publication nameTitleDate
Military Divorce GuideUniform Deployed Parents Custody & Visitation Act2014
Military Divorce GuideAll Articles2010
Colorado Divorce & Family Law GuideAll Articles2010
Colorado LawyerAn Introduction to Family Law and the Military2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of Southampton (U.K.)Politics & International StudiesB.Sc1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 Colorado Bench & Family Law Institute Annual ConferenceUniform Deployed Parents Custody & Visitation Act2014
Trial Advocacy CourseEvidence for Family Law Practitioners2012
Advanced TrainingMilitary Parenting & Deployment Issues2010
Family Law InstituteMilitary Issues Update2009
Annual Family Law UpdateMilitary Parenting & Deployment2009
Military Law ConferenceParenting Issues & The Military2008
Military Law ConferenceMilitary Retirement & Divorce2008
Family Law InstituteFamily Law & The Military2007
CLE LuncheonFamily Law Jurisdiction2006
Family Law Section Annual ConferenceMilitary Aspects of Family Law2005