Divorce

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A divorce can be one of the most difficult times in a person's life. Regardless of the state in which your divorce occurs, the challenges a family faces in the divorce can be some of the most serious the parties will ever experience.

Anxiety the parties and the families feel during the divorce can be overwhelming, and can paralyze everyone involved. Spouses in a divorce fear losing their family, their children, their assets, and their retirement - everything they've ever worked for - and wonder how they can ever start fresh.

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Family Law Cases in Colorado

Divorce is a complicated subject. The court process for getting a divorce is daunting and convoluted by complex paperwork, confusing instructions, and high-conflict between the parties. Unrepresented parties are constantly being told, "we can't give legal advice."

From our experience of handling thousands of free consultations, spouses generally have questions about:

  • The divorce process
  • Their rights
  • Child custody
  • Life after a divorce

The Divorce Process

Filing for divorce presents parties with significant process questions:

  • Which court do I file in?
  • What documents do I have to file?
  • What's next?
  • Should I file first?
  • How long will it take?

Lawyers spend years learning the answers to these questions by studying Colorado revised statutes and gaining experience in family law courts throughout the state. It's no wonder people experience high levels of anxiety when confronted with these important and complex questions.

What are my rights and what happens next?

Questions about what your rights in a divorce are just as complicated as process questions. There's no quick or easy answer about the rights a party has to particular property, or to parenting time, or decision-making. With regard to property, assets, and debts, Colorado is an equitable division state. This means a divorce court looks at the "fairness" of a distribution. In the case of parenting time and decision-making, Colorado divorce courts will look at the best interests of the child.

Spouses often worry about what will happen next in life. Will you be able to pay all your bills? Where am I going to live? Can I move out of state? All of these important questions have to be answered before a party can feel comfortable signing a separation agreement, or entering into any other resolution of their divorce case. Leaving these questions to a judge can be very risky. It's always better to control your own fate in a divorce case and resolve your issues privately.

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Filing for Divorce in Colorado

There are very few times in life more difficult than a divorce. Life changes affect you and are often beyond your control. Having a good divorce lawyer and professional staff on your side makes a world of difference during this especially trying time. While people often file for divorce without lawyers, there's no doubt the process is made easier with the professional assistance of an experienced Colorado Springs family law lawyer.

A divorce case in Colorado is initiated by the filing of a Petition for Dissolution. The Petition must be filed with the right court and served to the other party. The other party then has the opportunity to file a response to the Petition. In the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, the person filing for divorce states what the issues may be in their particular case, including:

  • Assets
  • Debts
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Decision-making
  • Parenting time, or custody
  • Attorney fees

Most divorce courts in family law cases will set the case for an initial status conference where your case is reviewed by a court professional with the intention of expediting its handling. If the parties are unable to agree to an interim arrangement for payments of debts, marital support, child support, parenting time, and decision-making, the court professional may set the case for a temporary orders hearing. The court may also require the parties to mediate their divorce prior to setting the case for either a temporary or a permanent orders hearing.

Colorado has a mandatory 90-day waiting period before a court has jurisdiction to enter a divorce decree. There is no expedited divorce available in Colorado. At the end of the divorce waiting period, a court can review any settlement agreement between the parties and enter that as an order, or it may hold an evidentiary hearing on the issues in your divorce case and enter permanent orders based on its finding of fact and conclusions of law. Either way, the court will issue a divorce decree formally ending the marriage.

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Every person involved in a divorce is worried about what happens next in life after the divorce decree. The parties want to be able to move on in life and enjoy their children, the fruits of their labor and have a roof over their heads. It's natural to have significant anxiety about what the future may bring after divorce.

There is life after a divorce. Whether a person uses this opportunity to move into the next stage of life and embrace the changes, or whether they engage in self-destructive behaviors, is completely within their control. At the end, if you choose to move forward, life will begin again.

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