Are you and your husband or wife struggling to maintain your marriage? Have you decided to file for divorce? You may have asked – how long does a divorce take in Colorado? VanLandingham Law is experienced with the Colorado family court system and can help answer your divorce questions and expedite the process.
How Can a Divorce Lawyer Help in Colorado?
Divorce can be a painful, stressful and emotional experience and many Denver-area families just want it to be over. A majority of divorces in Colorado will take from six to nine months to be finalized with a 91-day waiting period before the court system will issue a divorce decree. The stipulated waiting period provides couples with the chance to reconcile their differences and helps ensure that decisions are not made in the heat of the moment.
The length of the Colorado divorce process will vary based on your relationship and any agreements that you have in place. An uncontested divorce can take as little as 90 days to complete. When it is a contested divorce, the court proceedings can take longer. When you are faced with a contested divorce, a divorce attorney can help you file the proper paperwork, navigate courtroom proceedings and will ensure that you receive a fair judgment.
Are You Required to Separate Before Divorce in Colorado?
Did you know that many states require a legal separation period prior to a divorce? Colorado does not require that you and your partner separate prior to a final dissolution decree – but many couples will opt for a separation during the 91-day waiting period. Colorado does offer legal separation as an alternative to divorce – which means that you are still legally married with a chance for reconciliation. With a legal separation, the Colorado court system will still adjudicate child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of property – but neither individual can remarry.