Children’s Lawyer, Investigator and Advocate
UPDATE: Gabriela has accepted a position with the State of Colorado and is no longer accepting appointments or cases. Thank you for visiting!
Gabriela built her practice to serve the most vulnerable and exploited members of society.
Child Welfare, Board Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist
- Child and Family Investigation (CFI)
- Child Legal Representative (CLR)
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Dependency & Neglect (Private Respondent Parent Counsel)
- Domestic Relations Parenting Coordination (PC)
- Domestic Relations Decision-Making (DM)
- Former Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in Dependency & Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases
- Collaborative Divorce and Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
Gabriela has served as a Child & Family Investigator/expert witness as well as a Decision-Maker in domestic relations cases throughout the Denver Metro area. Due in large part to referrals, she has routinely managed a high case load and has had the privilege and responsibility to become highly selective about the cases she will accept in order to ensure high quality and personalized service.
Gabriela is a board certified Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS) and served as a Guardian ad Litem from 2007 to 2012 in the Denver Juvenile Court (District Court), representing the best interests of dependent and neglected children. She has performed countless independent investigations and made as many recommendations to the court; the Department of Human Services, Child Protection; and parties to the case in the best interests of the children. Gabriela’s experience and concentration in this area in the past has resulted in her ability to work effectively with high conflict families at each stage of litigation. Her recommendations as CFI are thoughtful, creative and practical. Her recommendations have covered a wide range of ages – children as young as newborn and youth as old as 21 years.
In addition to providing recommendations for families engaged in high-conflict relationships and litigation, Gabriela also has experience crafting recommendations for families struggling with: domestic violence, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, substance abuse, cognitive and developmental delays, dual-diagnosis, and sex abuse. As a CFI, Gabriela works to create the best recommendation for your family that will serve in the children’s best interest.
Gabriela Sandoval has been recognized by the internationally known Animal Legal Defense Fund for her previous work on behalf of children and animals. She has also contributed several legal articles to the Colorado Bar Association’s premier legal publication, The Colorado Lawyer. Read a selection of articles here: Child-friendly Courtrooms and Court Facility Dogs, Animal Law, ALDF Attorney Spotlight Gabriela Sandoval, Breed Ban, and Pets and Domestic Violence. In the July 2015 issue of The Colorado Lawyer , Gabriela Sandoval had an article published which examines the legal distinctions between Service, Emotional Support and Therapy Animals.
I will actively listen to your unique situation, discuss litigation and alternatives and provide responsive, professional legal services at a reasonable price or contingency fee.
If you are involved in a domestic dispute and allocation of parental responsibilities is at issue, I can speak with you or your attorney about serving as your CFI or PC/DM.
If you are committed to a divorce or separation without litigation and your focus is on best interests of your child, I am happy to speak to you about a collaborative divorce/separation.
If you and the disputing party are interested in setting up a mediation for an animal protection or related dispute, contact Gabriela Sandoval today.