How long will my Colorado divorce take? Hi, I'm attorney Chris Nicolaysen from Springs Law Group, and today I'd like to talk to you about one of the most frequent questions that I get asked, which is how long will my divorce actually take?
First I'd like to talk about the Colorado law itself. In the state of Colorado, at least 91 days must have passed since the court acquired jurisdiction over the respondent. What that means is that the court needs to reacquire jurisdiction, or the respondent needs to have been served, and then 91 days needs to have lapsed at that point in time.
Next, I'd like to talk to you about other factors though that can come into play. I think one of the biggest factors that can affect how long a case will actually last will be how many issues are remaining between the parties. If the parties have resolved all of their issues in a case, basically the case is uncontested, then cases can get resolved fairly quickly. If the parties are fighting over issues, or there is a contested matter, then cases can last much longer than that 91 days.
I've seen contested cases go from six months to a year to a year and a half, and drag out for quite a while. Additionally, another factor that can come into play is how busy the court's docket is. So if you're trying to get in and actually see a judge, and have a hearing, depending upon how busy the court's docket is, and how many cases that specific judge is seeing, can also have an effect on how long your case is going to last.
So generally too you want to look at what is the actual Colorado law itself, and what other mitigating factors there are that can come into play on how long your case is going to last.
Again, I'm attorney Chris Nicolaysen from Springs Law Group, and I'm a family law attorney. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you.