Considering a divorce in Colorado Springs? Our divorce attorneys can help you navigate the legal process. Even if you and your spouse get along, it’s best to hire a top Colorado Springs divorce attorney at Springs Law Group to make sure no detail is left uncovered.
Most people underestimate the complexities of divorce. When you try to go it alone or with a low-cost service, you risk missing important steps of the process. As a result, you can end up in a less-than-desirable situation—one that could have been avoided had you reached out to an attorney.
You owe it to yourself and your family to contact Springs Law Group for legal help with your divorce. We not only will represent you in a court of law, but we are there for you to support you emotionally. The best part is, there’s no cost or obligation to discuss your case. Give us a call today for a free 30-minute consultation.
What Must I Know About Divorce in Colorado?
Colorado is a “no-fault divorce” state. This means that a court will not take either your or your spouse’s fault or misconduct into consideration when granting a divorce, awarding alimony (spousal maintenance), or dividing property. One of the spouses must also live in Colorado for at least 91 days before filing the paperwork for a divorce in the state.
What Are Grounds for Divorce?
The only grounds for divorce you must meet in Colorado in order to have your divorce granted is the “irretrievable breakdown” of your marriage. This basically means that you can’t get along with your spouse, or your spouse can’t get along with you, and that there is no chance of reconciliation.
Why Is Divorce So Hard?
The process of getting a divorce is hard for many reasons. First of all, the simple act of having your marriage dissolved is emotionally difficult to face, even if you welcome the divorce. No one ever marries assuming they will one day have to dissolve their relationship in a divorce.
Secondly, the legal process of divorce in Colorado isn’t always easy to understand. You must correctly fill out an abundance of forms. These forms are different if you do or don’t have children. They also differ if you are the respondent (the spouse who is being served divorce papers) or the petitioner (the spouse who initiates a divorce).
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Divorce in Colorado Springs?
In short, no, you aren't required to hire a lawyer to get a divorce. However, that isn’t always the wisest way to approach a divorce. In fact, we at Springs Law Group, believe the decision whether to hire a lawyer to help you through your divorce is of the utmost importance. Even if you feel you and your spouse are friendly enough with each other to complete the process without help, things can get dicey really quick.
Therefore, it’s a good idea for you to at least meet with us. You need to know your rights and your legal obligations when it comes to your divorce. Legally, once a divorce is finalized, there are many aspects that cannot be changed. You need to know what you are getting yourself into. Meeting with us and learning more about what you should expect can save significant personal distress, along with hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars. We are well versed in handling the legal aspects of a divorce. As such, we can guide you through the process.
Three Reasons to Turn to Springs Law Group for Help
- We know when to involve experts like a family and child investigator, forensic accountant, real estate expert, financial planner, public accountant, or another expert.
- We know how to maximize your position. This is especially true when property is at stake or children are involved.
- We understand the domestic law arena, and we know what questions to ask.
How Long Does a Divorce Take in Colorado?
No two divorces are exactly alike. Consequently, it can be difficult to pinpoint a certain amount of time all divorces will take. However, in general, the following is true:
- The first phase of a divorce takes 91 days. This includes serving your spouse with divorce papers after the petition is filed in court.
- The court is required to wait 91 days before granting the divorce.
- Some divorces can be finalized in around 91 days.
- You have 42 days after the service of the initial filing to submit a financial disclosure to the court. Both you and your spouse are required to do this.
The entire process of divorce can be done in around three months. Additional issues, like child custody disagreements and the like, can extend this process anywhere from six to 12 months or more.
How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost in Colorado?
The cost associated with your divorce includes the cost of filing your divorce petition, which is $230, along with your attorney’s fees. Any other motions or petitions you file during your divorce will cost extra. Most attorneys will charge an hourly fee. The more you and your spouse can agree on things, the less your cost will end up being. If you fight over tiny details, your legal costs will increase.
Important Factors in Colorado Divorces:
There are many elements to think about when contemplating a divorce. Alimony (spousal maintenance), child support, custody, and more are crucial issues that go along with a divorce proceeding. In addition to these factors, the division of your property is likely to be a contested issue in a divorce. Colorado defines property that belongs to just one spouse, or “separate property,” as the following:
- Property one spouse acquired before marriage.
- Property one spouse acquired by inheritance or a gift.
- Property that is excluded from a marital estate by an agreement between spouses.
After the separate property is defined, the court deals with “marital property.” This property includes property that was acquired by a spouse once married. Colorado courts will divide this property in the fairest manner possible. The following are aspects the court takes into account when dividing said property:
- The amount each spouse contributed to the marital property. This also includes the contribution of a homemaker.
- The value of the property.
- The economic situation each spouse will face once the divorce is final.
- Any decrease or increase in the value of a spouse’s separate property throughout the duration of the marriage. The use of separate property for marital purposes will also be considered.
How to Start the Divorce Process
Divorce is never easy. However, many people have to deal with the aftermath of divorce. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, between 40 and 50 percent of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce. This statistic shows the commonality of divorce.
We hope you don’t have to face it, but if you do need our divorce services, we at Springs Law Group are ready to help you through the process. We will work tirelessly to ensure you have the best possible outcome in this difficult life situation. Complete our contact form or call (719) 421-7141 for a free 30-minute consultation with one of our divorce lawyers in Colorado Springs.