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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce & Family Law


Divorce FAQs

As an equitable distribution state, the Colorado courts will first look at whether the parties have separate property. Read more

Colorado is an equitable distribution state – but what does that mean in real terms to you and your ex when you go your separate ways? Read more

The quickest way to getting getting a divorce in Colorado is when you and your spouse can reach acceptable agreements relating to your legal issues without going to court. Read more

In Colorado, the divorce process is started by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Read more

The main protection issue around divorces involving businesses is ensuring that one of the parties does not take actions that negatively impact the business, like spending unauthorized money or taking on additional debt. Read more

Colorado is a no-fault state when it comes to the grounds for divorce. This means that the Court will not consider either spouse’s misconduct when granting the divorce or awarding property or support. Read more

How the home will be divided largely depends on if it is separate property or joint property. Read more

Couples do not have to be legally separated before filing for divorce in Colorado, and in fact, some divorces are started while the parties are still living together. Read more

How long a contested divorce takes in Colorado has a lot to do with the parties and their lawyers. Read more

How long a divorce takes in Colorado depends a lot on the parties and what approach they take to the divorce process. Read more

Couples in Colorado who part on amicable terms and want to avoid the delays and expense of a long, drawn-out divorce may commit to filing an uncontested divorce. Read more

While getting married in Colorado may be an easy task, getting a divorce is not. The process will take months to complete and will require a full disclosure of all property owned by either spouse. Read more

Almost all of the divorce and family law firms in Colorado use the same pricing model, which is that clients pay an initial retainer (which is a payment against future legal fees), and are then billed for work at an hourly rate. Read more

The cost of filing a petition for dissolution of marriage in Colorado is $230.00. Read more

Colorado only has a waiting period for divorce, which is 91 days after the filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage. Read more

Yes. Colorado is a no-fault state when it comes to the grounds for divorce. Read more

Two of the main things to understand about Colorado when it comes to divorce are (1) that Colorado is an equitable distribution state and… Read more

Colorado courts view all marriages as partnerships and presume that the property acquired during the marriage is “marital property”. Read more

If you are not ready or not sure about dissolving your marriage, legally separating from your spouse is an option you can consider. Read more

In collaborative divorces, both spouses hire lawyers to represent their respective interests and negotiate an agreement to avoid taking the case to trial… Read more

A postnuptial agreement is essentially a contract between the parties, made after they are married, that determines how certain legal issues, namely the division of property, will be addressed if the parties divorce. Read more

Colorado has six military installations and over 30,000 active-duty military members stationed here, so the question of how a military divorce differs from a civilian one comes up frequently. Read more

The divorce process can vary from county to county in Colorado. As a general rule parties can expect the following… Read more

No matter how quickly you resolve your divorce, Colorado has a 91 day waiting period. Read more


Family Law FAQs

The length of alimony will depend on a variety of factors, including the income of the payor and needs of the payee, the length of the marriage, and the ability of each party to be financially self sufficient. Read more

Alimony is not mandatory in Colorado. Rather, a party seeking alimony (also known as maintenance) must demonstrate a need for alimony and an ability to pay on the part of the paying spouse. Read more

Yes. Colorado Courts have the authority to grant alimony, also known as maintenance, in certain divorce cases. Read more

In Colorado, alimony typically ends when the party receiving alimony (also known as maintenance) get remarried. Read more

Child support amounts are not fixed permanently. The Colorado family law system recognizes that people’s circumstances can change and those changes can result in a change to previous child support calculations. Read more

Circumstances can change during the child’s upbringing and modifications of child custody orders are sometimes necessary. Read more

Child custody agreements cover both parenting time and decision-making responsibilities, as well as include child support provisions i.e. a full parenting plan. Read more

Colorado courts prefer joint custody unless circumstance prevent that from being in the best interests of the child. Read more

Several states in the U.S. apply “community property” rules for property division but Colorado is an “equitable distribution” state. What exactly does that mean for you and your family when you separate? Read more

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