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Colorado Divorce Process

The Colorado divorce process is complex and can take 91 days to several years to complete, depending on each party’s willingness to cooperate and compromise. At Leah Bishop, L.L.C., we are committed to helping clients in Fort Collins and throughout Colorado resolve their issues through negotiation or mediation strategies. Not only do these techniques help reduce emotional stress and keep legal costs down, they also allow you to focus on your future. When it is necessary to protect your rights however, we do not hesitate to litigate to achieve a solution.

Guiding You Through Every Step of the Colorado Divorce Process

Our lawyers will guide you through every step of the divorce process, which includes:

Petition: The divorce process begins with the filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage. The petition can be filed jointly or one spouse can file the petition and have it served on the other. At least 90 days must pass from the filing of the petition to the court entering a decree of divorce.

Initial status conference: Approximately four to six weeks after filing the petition, you and your spouse will be ordered to attend an initial status conference with the family court facilitator. This meeting gives the court a chance to understand the issues involved in your divorce and to address any issues relating to temporary orders or discovery. Additionally, a trial date will be set. You must disclose your finances within 40 days, including bank accounts, retirement accounts, mortgages and cars.

Discovery: If you believe your spouse is not being truthful about finances or other aspects of your divorce, formal discovery tools can be used to require your spouse to produce specific documents or answer questions.

Parenting class: In divorce cases involving children, both parents must attend a parenting class.

Temporary orders: While your case is pending final resolution or trial, the court upon request can issue orders regarding parenting time, child support, decision making, maintenance, use of assets, payments of debts, etc.  Temporary orders, once issued, are enforceable by the court.  the court is not obligated to make the temporary orders permanent at trial.

Mediation: You will be required to attend mediation before your case will be set for trial. During mediation, you and your spouse will attempt to work out issues relating to your case such as child custody and child support, property division and maintenance.

Agreement: If you and your spouse were able to come to an agreement on all of the issues in your divorce, the agreement will be submitted to the court. If the court approves the agreement, you will be granted a divorce.

Trial: If you and your spouse were unable to come to an agreement or the court did not approve your agreement, your case will go to trial. At this trial, the judge will rule on unresolved issues.

Contact a Larimer County Dissolution of Marriage Attorney

To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or call 970-224-5555.