Whether one spouse requests a divorce or both spouses agree that it is the correct choice, it will still be an emotionally charged time as you work to separate your lives from each other and learn how to live as a single person. A divorce becomes even more complicated in situations with complex factors like the couple sharing children, high-value assets, or filing a contested divorce. Regardless of the circumstances, you should be setting yourself up for the greatest chance of success after the process is complete.
Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, which means that neither party must prove any misdeeds on the part of their spouse to file for a divorce. The court will not even consider spousal wrongdoing in the initial complaint unless extraordinary circumstances apply. There are, however, ways for fault or poor behavior to affect the divorce as it processes during the court.
Speaking with a divorce attorney is the most effective way to get insight into how to approach your divorce case. They can help you avoid any actions that may negatively affect your standing in your divorce or even result in legal consequences, like fines or jail.
A: The existing divorce petition fee in Colorado is $195. However, the overall cost of your divorce depends on many factors. Other fees that will increase the total cost of your divorce include attorney fees, court fees, and professional appraiser costs. A contested divorce that requires a judge’s input to finalize will also cost more than an amicable divorce resolved between the spouses.
A: You can only be married to one person at a time. This means that you cannot remarry until your divorce decree has been entered, which can be no sooner than the 91st day following the divorce being filed. It is also generally recommended that you not date or enter into another relationship until your divorce has been finalized. Once that date has passed, it is a personal choice as to when you feel ready to reenter the dating pool and explore new relationships.
A: Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. To file for a divorce in Colorado, you are not required to obtain permission from your spouse or show spousal misconduct on their part. The only requirement is that you show the court that your marriage is irretrievably broken. Although the court may order mediation, or even counseling, if one spouse denies a broken marriage, it will not prevent the divorce from proceeding after those requirements have been met.
A: There is no legal requirement to retain an attorney to file for divorce or navigate the divorce process. However, it is still recommended that you consult with a divorce attorney to ensure that your rights are upheld and that the other party does not take advantage of the legal system. An experienced attorney can make sure that your interests are protected, provide valuable advice throughout the process, and handle the difficult steps of filing court paperwork.
Although this list provides valuable information, it is far from comprehensive. A family law attorney can examine your specific situation and offer advice that can set you up for success in your divorce. Johnson Law Group, LLC, can take the time to learn your case inside and out so we can fully advocate for your rights and help you make well-informed decisions. For more information on what can be used against you in a divorce, reach out to Johnson Law Group, LLC, today.