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What are the First Steps in Filing for a Divorce?

The first step for many is sitting down and talking with an attorney. There many things to consider and it is important that you proceed with what is best for your situation. For the actual filing for divorce, the first step is to file a document with the court, called Petition and Summons. If you are represented by an attorney, he/she will file these for you. If you are filing by yourself, you will need to go to the courthouse to file for divorce.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Colorado?

It depends on multiple factors such as whether both parties agree and the divorce is amicable if children are involved, how much conflict surrounds your divorce, which county your case is in along with other factors. The minimum amount of time to obtain a Degree of Dissolution of Marriage is 91 days, from the date of filing of the divorce. It could take much longer, from 3 months to 9 months or more, especially in more complex divorce situations.

Do I have to Wait to File When My Spouse Doesn’t Agree to Divorce?

No. Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, which means that you don’t have to wait for your spouse to want a divorce before you can file for one. 

What are the Requirements to File For Divorce in Colorado?

The only condition that must be met is that you must have lived in Colorado for 90 days before filing. This applies even if your spouse lives out of state.

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