There are key steps that must be completed before you file for divorce in Arapahoe County in Colorado. You must fulfill residency requirements before you file for divorce in Colorado.
In order to file for divorce, you must have established residency in the state of Colorado for a period of at least 90 days. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be physically present in the state for each of those 90 days. Find out exactly what these residency requirements mean by discussing your case with a divorce lawyer.
If both you and your spouse agree on all matters related to the divorce, like child custody, child support and alimony, you may be able to get your divorce finalized at least 90 days after filing. However, there may be issues involved and both of the parties may not come to an agreement on all of the aspects. In such cases, your divorce finalization may take a longer time.
In most cases, spouses may come to an agreement about child custody. It is ideal if both of the spouses can come to an agreement about custody arrangements, but when this is not possible, the court will step in. The court will conduct a hearing, and will hear both sides of the case. It will then deliver a ruling based on the best interests of the child. The term “best interests of the child” can cover a number of aspects, including the age and maturity of the child, the history of the parents, the relationship of the parents to each other, the relationship of the child with each parent, and whether the parent will make an effort to foster a loving relationship between the child and the other parent.