Navigating Divorce: How to Divide Assets in Colorado

March 13, 2024


Divorce is never easy, but understanding how to divide assets can alleviate some of the stress. In Colorado, this process follows specific guidelines and laws to ensure fairness for both parties involved. If you're facing divorce in Colorado, knowing your rights and responsibilities regarding asset division is crucial. Let's delve into the details, guided by the expertise of Johnson Law Group.

Colorado Guidelines and Laws

man showing a scale holding a house on one side and money on the other to represent dividing assets.

Understanding Colorado's Equitable Distribution: Unlike some states that follow community property laws, Colorado practices equitable distribution. This means assets acquired during the marriage are typically divided fairly but not necessarily equally. Factors like each spouse's financial contribution, earning capacity, and individual needs are considered.

Length of Marriage: The length of the marriage is an important factor when courts are deciding how to divide up assets. One reason that is, is because often the longer the marriage is, the longer there's been time where you and your spouse have been jointly accumulating assets together.

Identify Marital vs. Separate Property: Before dividing assets, it's essential to distinguish between marital and separate property. Marital property includes assets attained during the marriage, such as income, real estate, investments, and retirement accounts. Separate property comprises assets owned before to the marriage, inheritances, gifts, or items outlined separately in a prenuptial agreement.

Full Financial Disclosure: Transparency is vital during divorce proceedings. The court requires both parties to disclose all assets and debts accurately. Hiding assets can lead to legal repercussions and an unfair division of property. Johnson Law Group emphasizes the importance of honesty and integrity throughout this process.

Consideration of Debts: The asset division isn't solely about dividing possessions; it also involves debts. Addressing debts accrued during the marriage, including credit card balances, mortgages, and loans, is a must. In Colorado, marital debts and assets are typically divided equitably (but not necessarily equally).

Contribution of Each Spouse: Colorado courts will consider the contribution of each spouse to the marital estate. Naturally, this would include financial contributions such as income, but also non-financial contributions that one spouse made either to the home, children, or overall well-being of the family.

Age and Health: Each spouse's ability to earn a living and maintain their standard of living post-divorce can significantly impact asset division. For example, older spouses or those in poor health may face challenges in securing employment or sustaining their income levels, making them more financially vulnerable.

Negotiation and Mediation: Divorce settlements often involve negotiation and mediation to reach agreements on asset division outside of court. With the guidance of our team Johnson Law Group, couples can explore options that meet their unique needs and preferences. Mediation can save time, money, and emotional burden compared to litigious courtroom battles.

Court Intervention: If couples can't agree on asset division, the court will intervene. Colorado courts strive for fair outcomes, considering various factors to determine the division of assets. Having competent legal representation from Johnson Law Group ensures the protection of your rights throughout court proceedings.

Post-Divorce Asset Management: The asset division doesn't end with the divorce decree. Updating legal documents, such as trusts, wills, and beneficiary designations, is crucial to reflect the new circumstances. Johnson Law Group offers ongoing support to help clients navigate post-divorce financial planning and asset management.

The Role of an Attorney in Asset Division: A skilled Colorado family law attorney like those at Johnson Law Group can be instrumental in navigating asset division during your divorce. We can:

  • Provide Recommendations: Once we have the data necessary to make informed decisions, we will recommend property division options specific to your case.
  • Negotiate on your behalf: We advocate for an equitable division that protects your financial interests.
  • Represent you in court: If a fair agreement cannot be reached, we will represent you confidently in court proceedings.

Navigate Divorce with Johnson Law Group

Navigating asset division in a Colorado divorce requires careful consideration of legal requirements, financial implications, and individual circumstances. Remember, divorce is an important life transition. Having a property division attorney by your side can help you emerge with your financial interests protected and your future secure. With the guidance of Johnson Law Group, Colorado residents can confidently navigate this challenging process, ensuring fair outcomes for all parties involved. Call us at 720-445-4444 or schedule a FREE consultation to get help today!


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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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