If you are considering or are ready to dissolve your marriage via divorce, understanding your options, as well as Colorado divorce law and the filing process, can be important to protecting your rights and interests as you move forward.
To help you figure out the next steps, the following provides some general, yet essential, answers to common questions about filing for divorce in Colorado.
Whenever you are ready for information and advice specific to your situation, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Fort Collins divorce lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC.
Our Fort Collins divorce attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in various types of divorce cases. Compassionate, skilled and diligent, we can help you take the right steps to file for divorce and get through the process as favorably as possible.
Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. This means that the only ground for divorce in Colorado is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.
If spouses do not agree that a marriage is irretrievably broken (or if there is a possibility of reconciliation), counseling, mediation or arbitration may be ordered by the court.
Whether you should file for divorce now or wait to file will depend on your circumstances, needs and goals. While a Fort Collins divorce lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC can provide you with more specific advice, in general, it is recommended that:
Generally, your divorce filing should be submitted to the family court in the county in which you or your spouse resides. If you (or your spouse) has maintained residency in another state and/or is in the military, you may have the option of filing for divorce in another state (and additional rules or requirements may apply to your case).
A Fort Collins divorce attorney at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC can advise you of your options regarding where to file so you can make the right decision for you and your family.
The forms you need to officially file for divorce in Colorado1 will depend on the details of your case like (but not necessarily limited to) whether:
Once the proper divorce forms are completed, they will need to be submitted to the court with the required filing fee(s). A complete list of the current filing fees associated with Colorado divorce petitions is available here.
Please note that, once you file the divorce paperwork, you will be known as the “petitioner” in the case, and your spouse will be referred to as the “respondent.”
After your divorce paperwork has been properly submitted to the court, the next steps in the process can include:
The next stages of the divorce process will depend on whether any issues of the divorce are being disputed. If not, a final hearing may be scheduled. If so, the next steps may involve hearings, mediation and/or discovery.
If you are preparing for divorce or need help resolving any family law issue, contact an experienced Fort Collins divorce lawyer at the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC to find out more about your options and how we can help you.
Call (970) 488-1887 or email our firm to set up a consultation. If you are unable to make it to our offices, we provide consultations via phone and Skype.
At the Cossitt Law Firm, LLC, our Fort Collins divorce attorneys are devoted advocates who exclusively focus on divorce and family law cases. We partner with each of our clients, providing personal attention and unique, practical solutions to fit their needs and help them achieve their long-term goals.
With the Cossitt Law Firm on your side, you can be confident that you have superior representation at every phase of your case. You can also count on our lawyers to:
From offices in Fort Collins, we represent clients throughout Larimer County and the state of Colorado.
1: Downloadable divorce forms from the Colorado Judicial Branch
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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