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Christopher N. Little

Christopher N. Little

Fierce and dedicated, protecting you every step of the way!
  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Colorado
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Parul Yadlapati
Parul Yadlapati June 17, 2022
Rating: 10 Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
It is not hyperbole to say that Chris is one of the best attorneys I have been across sides from and also worked with.
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Biography

A client-focused attorney, Mr. Little is a passionate advocate who offers quality legal services and ensures that his clients’ best interests are upheld, no matter what. He doesn’t shy away from tough cases; he is a very thorough attorney who keeps his clients informed of each step in the process and spends the time to get to know them.

Graduating from the Colorado Mesa University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2013, Mr. Little earned his law degree from Drake University Law School in 2016, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University in 2023. After law school, he worked as an adjunct professor at Drake University for two years, after which he was a senior policy and communications officer at the Iowa Department of Transportation, where he advised on administrative law, federal and state legislation, and policymaking.

Mr. Little passed the bar and was admitted to practice in Colorado in 2019 and before the United States District Court for the District of Colorado in 2021. Recognized by the legal community for his professionalism, vast knowledge and ethical standards, he has received accolades from many well-known organizations. He is AV Preeminent peer-review rated, the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell, and also received the organization’s Platinum Client Champion award.

In addition, Mr. Little has been listed on the Top 40 Under 40 list by the American Institute of Trial Lawyers, holds a “Superb” rating on Avvo and has received positive peer endorsements. Moreover, he has been recognized for professional involvement and community leadership by the Lawyers Legion.

Outside his practice, Mr. Little maintains active memberships in professional legal organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Arapahoe County Bar Association, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Video Conferencing
  • Zoom
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free Consultations, as long as it takes!
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    All credit cards accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Colorado
Colorado Supreme Court
ID Number: 53770
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United States District Court, District of Colorado
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
CNL Law Firm, PLLC
- Current
Policy and Communications Officer
Iowa Department of Transportation
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Adjunct Professor
Drake University
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Senior Law Clerk
Masterson, Bottenberg & Eichorn, LLP
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Summer Associate
Milligan, Rona, Duran & King, LLC
Education
Pepperdine University
MBA (2023) | Business Administration
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Drake University Law School
J.D. (2016) | Law
Dean’s List (3 Terms); CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2 Consecutive Years); Drake Business Law Society, President; Student Ambassador
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Colorado Mesa University
B.B.A. (2013) | Business Administration
President’s List; Presidential Scholar; Dean’s List (3 terms); Peer Mentor/Academic Tutor; Department of Housing; Conduct Board Chairperson
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Awards
Peer Reviewed 4.9/5.0
Martindale - Hubbell
Recognized for Community Leadership
Lawyer Legion
2020
Client Champion - PLATINUM
Martindale - Hubbell
2022
Rising Star
Super Lawyer
2022
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Recognized for Professional Involvement
Lawyer Legion
2020
Top 40 Under 40
American Institute of Trial Lawyers
Professional Associations
State Bar of Colorado  # 53770
Member
Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section
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Arapahoe County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Member
- Current
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Denver Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Aurora Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Vice President 2021 - 2022
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Colorado Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Family Law Section
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Publications
Articles & Publications
7 Things You Must Consider Before Asking For a Divorce
The legal blog of CNL Law Firm, PLLC
Speaking Engagements
Protection Orders/Res Motions, Colorado Bar Association
Domestic Relations Bench & Bar, Colorado Bar Association
Parenting Time & Decision Making, Colorado Bar Association
Child Hearsay: Family Law, Colorado Bar Association
Ethics 7.0, Colorado Bar Association
Professional Communications, Drake University Professional Communications Conference
Websites & Blogs
Website
CNL Law Firm, PLLC
Blog
CNL Law Firm Blog
Legal Answers
25 Questions Answered
Q. my ex-wife claimed all the children as dependents on her tax return.
A: Good Morning,

I am very sorry to hear of your circumstances and know that it can be an incredibly difficult and frustrating experience when an ex-spouse does not follow Court Orders. It sounds like you have several issues going on, including: tax, parenting time, insurance, etc.

Your best bet, if you desire further options, is to consult with a qualified family law attorney near you to review the Court's Order(s), discuss what has happened since, and talk about your option(s) moving forward. Again, I am very sorry to hear you are going through a difficult time and sincerely wish you and your children only the absolute best that life has to offer.
Q. Is it beneficial to separate assets prior to dissolution of marriage? We have agreed to who gets what - house & car
A: Good Afternoon,

You ask an excellent question. First, let me say that I am very sorry to hear that you are going through tough times. In most folks' lives, the divorce process is fraught with fear and uncertainty. Let me reassure you, this too shall pass and there is an "other side" to this process.

In terms of the wisdom and ease of transferring the property before vs. after the initiation of a divorce, there are many factors to consider and frankly, there are pros and cons both ways. Without knowing more about you and your circumstances, as a practitioner, I tend to lean toward waiting until after the proceedings have begun and the other party is properly joined as a party to the case. This is my general preference because of the Automatic Temporary Injunction (more on that, below) that goes into place once the case is started. My generalized concern is that when the equity in a home turns into a liquid asset (cash) there is a significantly higher risk of the consequences of foul play or other less-than-beneficial behavior.

I sincerely wish you only the absolute best in all that life has to offer.

*Colorado Automatic Temporary Injunction Information:

The automatic injunction that goes into effect in every Colorado divorce case can be found under C.R.S. § 14-10-107(4)(b)(I). Under the order, the following automatic orders are in effect for all divorce cases:

(I) Upon the filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage or legal separation by the petitioner or copetitioner or by a legal guardian or conservator on behalf of one of the parties and upon personal service of the petition and summons on the respondent or upon waiver and acceptance of service by the respondent, a temporary injunction shall be in effect against both parties until the final decree is entered or the petition is dismissed or until further order of the court:

(A) Restraining both parties from transferring, encumbering, concealing, or in any way disposing of, without the consent of the other party or an order of the court, any marital property, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life and requiring each party to notify the other party of any proposed extraordinary expenditures and to account to the court for all extraordinary expenditures made after the injunction is in effect;

(B) Enjoining both parties from molesting or disturbing the peace of the other party;

(C) Restraining both parties from removing the minor child or children of the parties, if any, from the state without the consent of the other party or an order of the court; and

(D) Restraining both parties, without at least fourteen days' advance notification and the written consent of the other party or an order of the court, from canceling, modifying, terminating, or allowing to lapse for nonpayment of premiums, any policy of health insurance, homeowner's or renter's insurance, or automobile insurance that provides coverage to either of the parties or the minor children or any policy of life insurance that names either of the parties or the minor children as a beneficiary.
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Q. My wife wants a divorce and "agrees" to split everything 50/50. Are we legally obligated to have a lawyer?
A: Good question, under Colorado Domestic Relations law, there is no default/affirmative legal obligation to have an attorney represent you in the matter. By the default rules, you are legally permitted to represent yourself. Knowing that the law is complex and self-representation can be a risky endeavor, I suggest you retain (or at least consult) with an attorney licensed in Colorado and qualified in the domestic relations field. Many offices offer free consultations and would be more than happy to discuss your case with you.

I sincerely wish you all the best!
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Centennial (Main) Office
6855 S. Havana Street
Suite 570
Centennial, CO 80112
Telephone: (720) 370-2171
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
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Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
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Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
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Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
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