Although the number of divorces filed in Colorado during 2020 were fewer than years prior, more than 22,500 couples still decided to end their marriage during a global pandemic. Divorce is an extremely emotional process that is often complicated and contentious.
If you are considering divorce or have been served with divorce papers yourself, you might be feeling overwhelmed by the impending changes in your life. You may be seeking answers to legal questions and looking for guidance on a number of different decisions. Or maybe you’re just simply looking for someone who understands Colorado divorce to be on your side.
At Snodgrass Family Law, family law is our primary focus. We pride ourselves on being fierce legal advocates for our clients in Lakewood, Frisco, Littleton, Arvada, Golden, and throughout the Denver metro area. Whether you need limited guidance as you navigate your divorce or need full representation throughout the entire process — our team of experienced divorce attorneys is here to help.
In order to file for divorce in Colorado, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least 91 days prior to filing a divorce petition. If the Colorado court does not have personal jurisdiction over one of you, it may be able to issue the dissolution decree; however, it may not be able to decide matters involving the division of marital property or allocation of parental rights.
The court must have personal jurisdiction of the respondent spouse, which means the respondent must have been served divorce papers in the state, have a residence or business in Colorado, consent to allowing the court to have personal jurisdiction, or have some sort of “minimum contacts” with the state.
If you have minor children, Colorado must have been their residence for at least 181 days before the court can issue orders regarding allocation of parental rights and child support.
Yes. As a no-fault state for divorce, Colorado courts do not require any specific reasons that led to the couple choosing to end the marriage. The sole ground for divorce is that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Any misconduct or fault on the part of you or your spouse is irrelevant except for some financially related issues.
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree to the terms of the divorce, including matters involving division of marital property, spousal maintenance (often referred to as alimony), allocation of parental rights, and child support. To file for an uncontested divorce, spouses sign and submit a sworn statement to the court, requesting a divorce decree. No court appearance is necessary. If you own marital property, you must submit a separation agreement regarding the division of property. If you share minor children, the agreement must include information regarding the allocation of parental rights and child support.
If spouses are unable to agree to the specific terms of a divorce, one spouse, (known as the “petitioner”) will file a petition with the court, naming the other spouse as the respondent. Information about marital assets and debts and minor children will be submitted to the court and a judge will render decisions and issue orders regarding terms for division of property, child custody, child support, spousal support, and any other disputes.
In an uncontested divorce, you must wait 90 days from the submission of your affidavit and supporting agreements before a dissolution decree will be issued. The 90 days is designed to essentially serve as a “cooling-off period” to make sure both spouses are in full agreement with the divorce and its terms.
A contested divorce can take much longer and often varies on the number of disputed issues between the two spouses. Most contested divorces can take anywhere from six to 12 months from the filing of the petition through the issuance of the divorce decree.
You can represent yourself in a Colorado divorce, especially an uncontested divorce — however, it can be difficult to ensure that the terms you agree to are fair and that your best interests, and those of any minor children, are served. It’s always a good idea to have an experienced legal advocate in your corner to walk you through each phase of the process and ensure that your rights are protected at every turn.
At Snodgrass Family Law, we provide as little or as much legal counsel as you need. Our attorneys offer:
Full representation throughout your divorce
A flat fee to represent you in an uncontested divorce
Unbundled services allowing you to choose our services a la carte
Customized consulting options where, for example, you pay us only to review certain documents required by Colorado courts
At the end of the day, our top priority is to provide you and your family with high-quality legal counsel and representation that can help you move forward. So if you or someone you know is considering a divorce or have already been served with divorce papers, call or reach out to our firm today for reliable legal counsel and support.
Whether we provide full representation or simply review a spousal support agreement, Snodgrass Family Law offers experienced and compassionate legal counsel for you. We have represented hundreds of divorce clients in Lakewood, Frisco, Littleton, Arvada, Golden, and throughout the Denver metro area, each to the degree they requested. If you are considering divorce or are in the process, call or reach out to our firm today to learn more about how we can help you move forward!