While all divorces in Colorado are no-fault, you have options for how your divorce proceeds depending on the unique facts and circumstances of your situation and goals.
When assets and incomes are high special considerations are warranted at every step of the case from pre-divorce planning to post-decree wrap up. Often complex financials are involved and financial experts are needed.
High profile individuals, public figures, and prominent leaders in their industries may prefer to keep their personal affairs out of the public view. Colorado law allows several options to keep your divorce proceedings out of the public eye and to keep the record private.
When parties going through a divorce commence their case with all terms related to the major issues of parenting time, support payments, and property division resolved and agreed upon, this constitutes an uncontested divorce, which will streamline and simplify the Court’s dissolution process in their case.
When parties going through a divorce have minor children, important decisions must be made regarding parenting time, decision making and child support. Before resolving any divorce case with children, the Court will want to see that important terms and provisions have been instituted regarding where the children will live, how the parents will share in the parenting time and decision making responsibilities, and how support for the children will be provided by both parents.
When parties going through a divorce have no minor children, numerous steps and requirements in the process are eliminated. This allows the parties and the Court to focus on resolving the important matters of spousal support, property division, and debt allocation. Before resolving any divorce case, the Court will want to see that important terms and provisions have been instituted regarding whether or not one party will be paying spousal support to the other, or whether this benefit is being waived. The Court will also want to see clear provisions for the division of assets and debts, and the terms for their allocation.
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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