Demystifying a Colorado Divorce: A Step-by-Step Guide for Coloradans

December 18, 2023

Divorce StepsNavigating the complexities of divorce can feel overwhelming and confusing, especially when faced with Colorado's specific legal landscape. At Johnson Law Group, we understand the emotional and logistical challenges you're facing. We're committed to guiding you through this process with compassion, expertise, and unwavering dedication to your best interests.This step-by-step guide aims to demystify the Colorado divorce process, addressing common questions and anxieties along the way.

1. Initial Consultation and Filing with Johnson Law Group:

  • Seek Expert Legal Guidance: Consulting a qualified Colorado family law attorney is crucial. At Johnson Law Group, we can explain your legal rights and obligations, assess your unique situation, and develop a personalized strategy tailored to your case.
  • Gather Necessary Documents: As we begin your case, we will guide you in gathering essential documents like marriage certificates, tax returns, property deeds, and financial statements. Having this information readily available is crucial for moving forward efficiently.
  • File the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage: Initiating the legal process, our attorneys will expertly handle filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the appropriate court. We handle the paperwork, ensuring everything is filed accurately and on time.

2. Colorado Divorce Discovery and Disclosure:

  • Exchanging Information: Both parties will exchange financial disclosures, asset inventories, and relevant documents to gain a clear picture of the marital estate. This step lays the groundwork for informed negotiations and settlements.
  • Depositions and Interrogatories: Depositions (oral questioning under oath) and interrogatories (written questions) may be used to gather further information and identify potential issues. Our team will guide you through this process and prepare you for any questions.

3. Colorado Mediation When Possible:

  • Seeking Alternative Dispute Resolution: Whenever feasible, our team will advocate for and conduct mediation to resolve issues outside of court. This approach can significantly reduce conflict, save time and expenses, and allow for mutually agreeable solutions in matters like property division, child custody, and spousal maintenance.
  • Neutral Facilitator: We have access to a network of trained mediators who can guide negotiations in a neutral and productive environment. They will help you and your spouse reach fair and workable agreements that benefit both of you.

4. Colorado Divorce Court Hearings and Trial (if necessary):

  • Court Appearances: While most cases strive for amicable resolution through mediation, your divorce may necessitate going to court. Our attorneys will be by your side, representing you at any hearings needed to address contested issues.
  • Presenting Evidence: Johnson Law Group attorneys will fiercely advocate for your best interests, gathering and presenting compelling evidence to support your position in court. We leave no stone unturned in maximizing your chances of a successful outcome.
  • Trial: Like Attorney Jessica Lasky explained in our YouTube video, in complex cases, a trial may be necessary to determine the final outcome. Our experienced team will meticulously prepare you for this hearing and navigate the courtroom process with your needs at the forefront. We have in-person and virtual hearings and trial experience. Our team knows best how to navigate the family law court system.

5. Finalization of Your Colorado Divorce:

  • Settlement Agreement or Court Order: Once all disputes are resolved, a final settlement agreement or court order will be issued, outlining the terms of your divorce. This document formalizes the agreements reached on property division, child custody, spousal maintenance, and other pertinent matters. Our team will review and ensure all that was negotiated and agreed to is in the final agreement.
  • Final Decree: Upon judicial approval, a final decree of dissolution marks the official end of your marriage. This document finalizes all aspects of your divorce, ensuring clarity and certainty moving forward.


  • Communication is Key: Maintain open and honest communication with your Johnson Law Group attorney throughout the process. The more informed you keep our team, the better we can represent your interests.
  • Stay Informed: Don't hesitate to ask questions and actively participate in meetings and court hearings. Your understanding and engagement are crucial to achieving a successful outcome.
  • Prioritize Your Well-being: Divorce is a challenging time. At Johnson Law Group, our team is well-versed in emotional intelligence and is here to provide support through thick and thin. You can count on our team for emotional support, but you may also want to consider support from loved ones.

Get Help From Johnson Law Group's Top Family Law Attorneys:

At Johnson Law Group, we believe that while marriages may end, families can still thrive. We are dedicated to protecting your rights and guiding you toward a fair and amicable resolution. Please consult with our qualified Colorado family law attorneys to discuss your specific situation. We are here to support you through every step of this journey. Schedule your complimentary consultation Today! Don't wait and contact us today at 720-445-4444 and we will help you learn about your legal rights and options.

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Written by Family Law Attorney Myles S. Johnson
Divorce doesn’t have to be dramatic. For the litigants, losing your spouse is significant enough. But you can choose the way it affects your daily life. The only guarantee I can give is that the feeling that you have right now will not be the feeling you end with. This is a season in your life, and it must be approached that way.
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