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Complex Family Law and LGBTQ Family Matters

Rachel Catt has nearly 20 years of experience helping families with marriage and civil union dissolution, complex custody disputes, and other family law issues through mediation and alternative dispute resolution. But when a case must go to trial, clients appreciate Rachel’s fierce dedication to her clients’ best interests and her aggressive representation.

Rachel focuses on the legal needs of families of various makeups, backgrounds, and needs. She has an intricate understanding of the societal and cultural issues that complicate LGBTQ+ family law cases and has devoted her career to helping families navigate these situations as well as issues arising from:

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Allegations of Child Abuse

  • Parental Relocation

  • Same-Sex Parental Rights and Divorce

  • Domestic Relations

  • Divorce

  • Allocation of Parental Responsibilities

  • Child Support

  • Step-Parent Adoptions

  • Civil Restraining Orders


  • J.D. The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C., 2001

  • B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder (Women's Studies and Political Science), 1996

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  • Colorado, 2009

  • California, 2002


  • Speaker, "Colorado Common Law Marriage," 2020 Family Law Institute, August 22, 2020

  • Panelist, "OUT at Work: LGBTQ Zoom Panel," University of Colorado School of Law, OUTLaw (online event), April 23, 2020

  • Presenter, “After Marriage, Now What: The Next Frontier in the Fight for LGBTQ Rights,” American Constitution Society, 2019

  • Presenter, “Family Law Fall Update 2019: Parenting Plans Including Relocation Language,” Colorado Bar Association, 2019

  • Presenter, “Marriage Equality: Past and Present Issues,” Arapahoe County Bar Association, 2019

  • Presenter, “Out at Work,” University of Colorado School of Law, 2019

  • Presenter, “Learning to Lawyer with a Pluralistic Mindset: Implicit Bias and Gender” Colorado Criminal Defense Bar and Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 2019

  • Presenter, “Lightning Rounds: Same-Sex Marriage,” Colorado Bar Association and Family Law Institute, 2018

  • Presenter, “Trends in LGBTQ Family Law: Current Issues, Best Practices and Avoiding Pitfalls,” Domestic Relations Best Practices Court Institute, 2018

  • Presenter, “LGBTQ Issues and Information for Collaborative Divorce Professionals,” Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals, 2018

  • Presenter, “The Common Law on Same-Sex Marriage,” Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Spring Update, 2018

  • Presenter, “Family Law Questions After Obergefell,” Boulder Bar Association, 2018

  • Presenter, “Colorado LGBTQ Family Law Guide Webinar,” Family Equality Council, 2018

  • Presenter, “Family Law Questions After Obergefell – Now What?” Colorado Bar Association, 2017; Boulder Bar Association, 2017

  • Presenter, “Same Sex Couples and Resulting Issues in Divorce,” Financial Divorce Association, 2017

  • Presenter, “LGBT/Diversity Issues in Family Law,” Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Institute, 2017

  • Presenter, “Retroactivity of Common-Law, Same-Sex Marriage in Colorado: Reconciling Concepts. Clarifying Issues,” Arapahoe County Bar Association, 2017

  • Presenter, “Child Custody and Same-Sex/LGBT Families – The Current Landscape,” Metro Denver Interdisciplanary Committee, 2016

  • Presenter, “Family Law - Domestic Violence Issues,” for AIDS Legal Referral Panel, 2009 

  • Presenter, “Same Sex Issues in Family Law,” San Francisco State University Paralegal Studies Program, 2004, 2009

  • Presenter, “Tax & Financial Planning Issues of Domestic Partnerships,” for Steven C. Dilley’s Federal Tax Workshops, 2005

Articles and Publications

  • Featured Article, "Professional Spotlight: Rachel Catt," Colorado Women's Bar Association, The 1891 Blog, June 26, 2020

  • Author, "How COVID-19 is Complicating Colorado Divorce and Custody Issues," Law Week Colorado, June 24, 2020.

  • Interview, "Testing the Boundaries of Marriage," Law Week Colorado, June 22, 2020

  • Featured Interview, “Carving Out a Solo Niche in LGBTQ Family Law,” Law Week Colorado, March 23, 2020

  • Featured Interview, “Under Oath: Member Spotlight on Rachel Catt,” Colorado Lawyer Magazine, December 2019

  • Featured Interview, “Specialty Bar Associations: Colorado LGBT Bar Association,” Law Week Colorado, November 6, 2019

  • Contributing Author, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Thomson Reuters, Ch. 2, “Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions and Other Protections for Couples,” 2018

  • Author, “Child-Centered Litigation? An Alternative Approach,” Colorado Bar Association, Family Law Section Spring Newsletter, 2018, 2019

  • Co-Author, “LGBTQ Issues,” 2019 Domestic Relations Bench Bar Book, Colorado Bar Association, 2019

  • Editor, Colorado LGBTQ Family Law Guide, Family Equality Council, 2017

Membership and Affiliations

  • LGBT Bar Association of Colorado: President, 2019; President-Elect, 2018; Chair, Amicus/Public Policy Committee, 2015-2017; Member, 2013-present

  • Colorado Women’s Bar Association: Member, 2012-present; Board Member, 2018-2019; Judicial Endorsements Committee, 2015-2016; Legislative Committee, 2014-present 

  • Colorado Bar Association, 2012-present; Member, Family Law Section, 2012-present; Executive Council Member, Family Law Section, 2020-2022

  • Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, 2011-present

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, 2004-2013; 2016-present

  • LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, 2017-present

  • National LGBT Bar Association, Member, 1998-present; Family Law Institute, 2013-present 

  • Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2013-2014 

  • State Bar of California, Family Law Section, Member, 2002-2013 

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member, Family Law Section, 2002-2013 

  • Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, Member, 2002-2013

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member, 2006–2010; 2018

  • National Center for Lesbian Rights, Family Law Committee, Member, 2002-present

  • Queens Bench Women’s Bar Association, Member, 2002-2009 

  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Family Law Barristers Club, Member,2003-2012; Chair, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America: Family Law, Best Lawyers, 2021

  • Avvo Rating 10 out of 10, 2015-present

  • Nominee, Attorney of the Year, Colorado LGBT Bar Association, 2018

  • Barrister of the Year, Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco, 2007

  • Pro Bono Service Award, The George Washington University Law School, 2001