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Greenwood Village Divorce Lawyers

Greenwood Village Divorce Lawyers

A Successful Divorce Starts With Finding The Right Lawyer

Divorce is one of the most challenging experiences in anyone’s life but knowing that you have experienced professionals fighting for your best interests can be a big comfort.

Even amicable separations can run into legal problems. With the stakes so high, especially if there are children in the marriage, this is no time for mistakes or oversights.

You will find the legal team at Colorado Legal Group meticulous, highly informed, and experienced in managing your divorce case through to the desired outcome.

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What is the divorce process in Colorado?

Getting a divorce in Colorado requires forethought and planning. It is designed that way, partly to ensure that couples do not make rash decisions that they later regret.

Understanding the divorce process is the best starting point. The following steps may not all apply to your divorce – that will depend on the nature of your separation from your spouse.

  • Filing for divorce

Before beginning the divorce process, the Colorado courts will need to be assured that the marriage is irretrievably broken. You need to state this when filing for divorce.

Regardless of who is at fault for the marriage breakdown, either spouse can file for divorce in Colorado as long as either you or your partner have lived in the state for at least 91 days.

  • Negotiating a divorce agreement

Financial and custody matters usually take “center stage” when a divorce process gets underway. You and your partner must come to an agreement on issues such as child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and so on.

Your lawyer will guide you through this process depending on the circumstances of your marriage breakdown and the type of dispute resolution required. Several options besides litigation can help you reach an agreement.

  • Drafting a settlement agreement

If you and your spouse agree on all the issues, you can draft a settlement agreement detailing all of the various terms of your agreement.

This can then be filed jointly with the Colorado courts.

  • Waiting for the mandatory 91-day period

The divorce can be finalized in as little as 91 days from this point. In reality, most divorces take longer than this statutory waiting period because there are contested issues.

  • Serving a divorce petition

In many cases, couples do not file the divorce petition jointly. One of the spouses serves divorce papers on their partner. The partner then has 21 days in which to file a written response.

  • Sharing of information (“discovery”)

The relevant financial information from each spouse needs to be exchanged within 42 days of filing for divorce. This includes information about income, investments, real estate, debts, monthly expenses, and so on.

Spouses may sometimes request documents and other information provided in writing during this “discovery” process.

  • Attending a “status conference” with the court

Once a divorce petition is filed by one spouse, both spouses must attend a court status conference (“ISC”) within 42 days.

A judge or family court facilitator will be present to understand the main issues and to set the key dates.

At this court appearance, requests for emergency relief or temporary orders (such as temporary child support or alimony) can generally be made too.

  • Attending a “temporary orders” hearing

This step may be necessary if your original ISC hearing was not in front of a judge or magistrate.

  • Attending a trial in court

If no divorce settlement agreement is possible, even after mediation, permanent orders will need to be made in court after the judge has heard and considered evidence from both sides.

Most couples want to avoid this step as it is time-consuming, expensive, and the information is made public.

  • Issuing the divorce decree

After the judge’s decisions have been made, a decree of dissolution of marriage and substantive orders will be issued.

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Types of Divorce

What Divorce Option Makes Sense for You

As you have seen, the divorce process differs according to the nature of the marriage breakdown. It does not always end in a court trial.

In fact, despite media portrayals, the majority of divorces are settled without litigation.

The breakdown of divorce types can be summarized as follows:

Uncontested Divorce
If you are in general agreement about the divorce, dividing assets and debts, and parenting arrangements, you may be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce.

Mediated Divorce
In a mediated divorce, one attorney acts as a neutral third party to help you work towards a resolution with your spouse (without providing legal advice).

Collaborative Divorce
A collaborative divorce is where each couple hires an attorney and discussions between the parties look to create an upfront agreement to avoid litigation.

Litigated Divorce
Litigation is initiated when your attorney files a divorce petition. Numerous hearings and a trial may be necessary, at which a judge will issue binding court orders.
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Divorce Case Management and Resolution

At Colorado Legal Group, we provide representation for ALL types of divorces including uncontested divorce, mediated divorce, collaborative divorce, litigated divorce, and limited scope representation.

We place high stock on clear and transparent communication throughout the divorce process so that you are kept up-to-date with progress and know exactly where you stand at each stage of the process.

Our well-developed case management and dispute resolution procedures reduce the expense, protect your best interests, and work towards the outcome you expect.

Divorce lawyers in Greenwood Village

Our legal team in Denver is ready to help you and your family through the divorce procedures with our experience, insight, and compassion.

We can help you resolve the key outstanding issues or walk you through the litigation process – whatever is necessary according to your situation.

It starts with a free case evaluation.

Need help with a child custody issue in Greenwood Village?

Call Colorado Legal Group at 720.594.7360 or get started with a free case evaluation.

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Need Help With Divorce?

Life is too short to be anything but happy. Call Colorado Legal Group at 720.594.7360 or get started with a complimentary case evaluation.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Joe was the best to work with. Very straight forward and did an awesome job
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Cole Glover
Hannah Clark, Roberta Reyes and the rest CLG team were amazing. They walked me through every step of an extremely painful custody case with support, compassion and encouragement. Hannah was a freaking hawk! Whether in mediation or trial, she was sharp, assertive and impressively brilliant. I really felt like Hannah and Roberta had a personal stake in my case. I pray you never find yourself in my situation, but if you do, please hire Hannah to have your back. It was worth every single penny.
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Aaron Howell
Danielle Todd and Caroline Holmes are a great team. It was a pleasure working with them both. I couldn’t have obtained better legal counsel than Caroline. From our first meeting, it was evident that she’s super smart and knows the law. But as important, she gets the human element of divorce, and manages that part of the process very effectively. I wasn’t the easiest client. I found the divorce process frustrating, and reluctantly admit that it showed with my attitude. Caroline was always a true professional and negotiated a very favorable settlement for me. Caroline’s commitment and excellent work will positively serve my family and me for years to come.
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Tony Lucero
Samer was my attorney for my divorce. He brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my case. I was happy with all of the work that Samer and Alexis did for me and I am glad that I went with them for my divorce.
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