Denver Divorce Matters Services
While every case is different, couples will commonly face one or more of the three primary issues at stake in the Colorado divorce process.
- Asset Division: You and your spouse no doubt acquired various assets over the duration of your marriage, both real estate and personal property. This marital property may include your home, vehicles, bank accounts, retirement benefits, and other assets; however, it does not include separate property like inheritances, gifts, and items you obtained before your wedding. Colorado law requires an equitable distribution of these items between parties to a divorce case, which may not always be an equal split.
- Spousal Maintenance: You may recognize it by the more family term “alimony,” but the theory behind spousal maintenance is the same: This financial support may be appropriate where one party requires assistance to enjoy the same relative lifestyle he or she did before the marriage. After going through proceedings to determine whether alimony is proper, it is then necessary to establish a proper amount.
- Child Custody, Visitation, and Support: A court reviews the child’s best interests when making decisions on allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, and financial support. The law favors a shared approach to parenting, so that the child benefits from a healthy relationship with both parents.
When parties to a divorce can agree on these issues, a Larimer County court will likely approve the terms and enter an appropriate order. The situation can get tricky where spouses do not agree because a judge will require a hearing and apply the principles in the Colorado divorce statute. Plus, any issues regarding minor children must comply with the child’s best interests standard
If you are going through a divorce, you need an experienced attorney to protect your rights regarding asset division, alimony, and issues related to minor children. Please call Divorce Matters® at 970.373.2927 to schedule a consultation regarding your case. You can also go online to learn more about our legal services in all types of divorce issues.
How long does it take to get divorced?
The minimum amount of time it takes to get divorced in Colorado is 91 days. However, the exact amount of time will vary based on the complexity of your case and how agreeable you and your spouse are. Cases involving children, significant assets, or large amounts of contention can and likely will take much longer
Can I get divorced if my spouse lives in another state?
Potentially – as long as one of you has lived in Colorado for at least 90 days, the person living in Colorado could file for a divorce in Colorado. According to Colorado law, a spouse that moves away from Colorado is still subject to the State’s jurisdiction if the other spouse in Colorado files there. Schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys to address your unique situation.
Do I have to wait until divorce is finalized before I can get child support and alimony?
No, while a divorce is still being finalized, the court can issue “temporary orders” that grant child support and determine other financial responsibilities.
About this office
Divorce is already stressful, but it can be even more overwhelming when you realize the complexity of the process. There are numerous laws on asset division for the property you and your spouse acquired during your marriage, and some cases will include issues related to alimony. For couples with minor children, it is necessary to address custody, visitation, and child support. Ideally, you could come to an agreement with your spouse on the key aspects of divorce, but a compromise isn’t always possible.
At Divorce Matters®, our experienced Fort Collins divorce lawyers empathize with your situation, which is why we aim to take the stress out of the divorce process. We have the skills to assist you in negotiations with your spouse, but also have the drive and knowledge to expertly represent you in court. We bring more than 50 years of experience to the table, and we are committed to putting the needs of our clients first in a Fort Collins, CO divorce case.