Colorado annulments end marriages in a different way than divorce. While the divorce process will dissolve a legal marriage, annulments will declare that the marriage was never valid to begin with. To get an annulment in Colorado, spouses must meet specific requirements and, then, pursue a case with the courts. Although annulments are not ideal for all couples, they can be a viable alternative to divorce, offering unique benefits in some situations.
At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our Fort Collins family lawyers are skilled at representing clients in annulments, as well as legal separation and divorce cases. We can help you determine if an annulment is an option for you, based on your needs and objectives, and our team can provide superior representation and counsel whenever you are ready to take the next steps.
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To get a marriage declared invalid in Colorado, one of the following grounds for annulment must apply:
Here, it’s crucial to point out that each of these grounds for annulment can come with its own deadlines. In other words, Colorado law sets forth timelines to seek annulments, based on the reason for the petition. For example, those seeking to invalidate marriages in Colorado based on grounds that the marriage has not been consummated have to file a petition within 12 months of becoming aware of the issue.
Unlike other states that have legal actions called “annulments,” Colorado has a “Declaration of Invalidity” petition that, in effect, serves the same purpose. Here is a general overview of how to proceed with a Declaration of Invalidity in Colorado:
The Initial Status Conference for an annulment in Colorado must occur, by law, within 42 days of the filing of the Declaration of Invalidity petition. During this conference, a family court facilitator will typically explain the next steps in the case; however, they cannot provide legal advice.
Contact an experienced Fort Collins family lawyer at The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC. We are ready to listen, answer your questions, and explain your options. We are also ready to help you.
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At The Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our Colorado divorce and family lawyers are dedicated advocates who are highly skilled at counseling people through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We know what can be on the line when a marriage is ending, and we know how to help our clients achieve their objectives.
Tireless and fierce, our team can provide the personal attention and practical, strategic solutions you need when it’s time to navigate the next steps and protect what matters most in the process. From offices in Fort Collins, we represent clients throughout Larimer County and the state of Colorado.
If you have decided to get a divorce, the next steps can seem daunting. Here we provide a few answers to common questions about filing for divorce.
Depending on your family, financial, and personal circumstances there are many factors you will want to consider when filing for divorce. Find out what type of divorce is right for you.
How long will it take for the Court to issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage? The earliest a Colorado court could issues the divorce decree is 91 days after the petition was filed. However it can take longer than 91 days, as expert valuations and reports may be needed.
How can a divorce attorney help with an uncontested divorce? Uncontested divorce generally means the parties have agreed upon all issues, or they believe they will be able to easily agree on all issues. A divorce attorney can help with an uncontested divorce by ensuring everything drafted properly.
What are mandatory financial disclosures? Financial disclosures are required of both parties in every divorce case, within the first 45 days after the petition has been filed. The exchange of mandatory financial disclosures is intended to put each party on a level playing field as it relates to the finances of the divorce.
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