August 24, 2023
Filing for divorce in Colorado involves a series of legal steps. Here’s a concise 200-word guide to the process:
- Determine Eligibility: At least one spouse must have resided in Colorado for a minimum of 91 days before filing.
- Choose the Appropriate Forms: Colorado offers specific divorce forms depending on whether you have children. You can obtain these from the Colorado Judicial Branch’s website or your local courthouse.
- File the Petition: The filing spouse (Petitioner) completes the required forms and files them with the appropriate district court. A filing fee is required.
- Serve the Other Spouse: The non-filing spouse (Respondent) must be officially served with divorce papers. This can be done through a process server or law enforcement.
- Response: The Respondent has 21 days (if served within Colorado) to file a response.
- Financial Disclosures: Both parties must exchange financial information within 42 days of serving the petition.
- Parenting Classes: If children are involved, parents may need to attend mandatory parenting classes.
- Settlement or Trial: Spouses may reach a settlement or proceed to trial if they cannot agree on issues such as property division or child custody.
- Decree: Once the court approves the agreement or makes a decision after trial, the judge will issue the Decree of Dissolution of Marriage, finalizing the divorce.
Please consult with a Colorado family law attorney to ensure that you understand the specific requirements and obligations that apply to your situation. The laws and procedures can be complex, and professional legal guidance is strongly recommended.