Divorce Attorney

At Philip Goldberg PC, we represent clients with all aspects of divorce in Colorado. As an experienced divorce attorney, we offer compassionate service backed by our expert legal knowledge.

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Divorce in Colorado

Colorado laws refer to divorce as a dissolution of marriage. Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage, including the separation of marital property and child custody issues.

Colorado is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that either party can file for divorce without proving fault on the other spouse’s part. The court may award alimony or spousal maintenance if it determines that one spouse needs financial support due to economic hardship. In addition, the court has broad discretion to divide marital assets and liabilities.

If you are going through a divorce, the process is not as simple as it may seem. Many things can go wrong during your divorce if you do not have an experienced lawyer on your side.

Protect your interest and future. Contact Philip Goldberg PC to schedule an initial consultation.

The Divorce Process

Initiating the Divorce

The spouse who initiates the divorce is the “Petitioner,” and the other spouse is the “Respondent.” We work with both Petitioners and Respondents. When we work with Petitioners, we prepare a “Summons” and “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage,” which we hand deliver or serve to the Respondent. We also file these papers with the court, which initiates the divorce proceedings. Respondents receive a Summons and Petition for Dissolution. When we work with Respondents, we file and serve an Answer to the Petition on the client’s behalf.

Initial Status Conference

Once the Petitioner files the Petition, the court will require the parties to attend an “initial status conference” within 42 days. The court allows the parties to address any preliminary issues or concerns during this meeting and ensure the case proceeds smoothly. The court also determines the necessity of a temporary orders hearing to address issues like temporary maintenance, child support, parenting time orders, or the use of the marital home.

Disclosures and Discovery

Within 42 days after serving the Petition to the Respondent, the parties must exchange financial and other information, called “disclosures,” with each other. The parties may also engage in “discovery,” during which they can request additional information in writing, and ask questions of the other party under oath, called a “deposition.”

Temporary Orders

At the temporary orders hearing, the court determines temporary issues such as whether one party should pay for the other party’s and children’s support during the divorce process, or the child custody arrangement until the divorce is finalized. The parties present evidence of their income, sources of support, needs, and obligations.

Permanent Orders and Decree of Dissolution

In Colorado, there is a mandatory 91-day (13 weeks) waiting period between serving the Petition on the Respondent and when the court may grant the divorce. Cases often take longer than the 91-day minimum waiting period. If the parties cannot agree on all issues, the court will usually order the parties to attend a “mediation” to try to voluntarily resolve the disputed issues with the help of a mediator. If the parties cannot resolve their differences at mediation, the court will decide the disputed issues at a “permanent orders hearing.”

At the permanent orders hearing, the parties present witnesses and evidence regarding the disputed issues and try to persuade the court to rule in their favor on these issues. Ultimately, the court decides the disputed issues based on what the court determines is most equitable or fair. After the court issues its ruling, either party may request that the court reconsider or revise some or all of its decisions. Either party may appeal the court’s ruling to the Colorado Court of Appeals or, in some instances, to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Requirements for Divorce in Colorado

If you live in Colorado, you will need to meet several requirements before getting divorced.

  • Residency – At least one spouse must have lived in Colorado for a minimum of 91 days before initiating the divorce.

  • File a Petition – The initiating spouse or both spouses must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage to begin the divorce proceedings.

  • Response – The non-filing spouse, or Respondent, has 21 days after receiving the petition to file a response.

  • Waiting period – In Colorado, there is a mandatory 91-day (13 weeks) waiting period between the time the Petition is served on the Respondent and the time when the court may grant the divorce.

We ensure our clients meet the requirements for divorce in Colorado. If our client does not meet the standards for a divorce, we offer alternatives. For example, if a client has not lived in Colorado long enough, we’d direct that client to the proper state to pursue a divorce or to commence proceedings in Colorado after they have met the residency requirement.

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Divorce FAQs

A skilled divorce attorney guides you through the entire process with the goal of achieving the desired outcome. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and responsibilities during the divorce process and advise you on how best to protect your interests. Family lawyers work on divorce cases and other legal family matters.

We offer our clients compassionate representation backed by our knowledge of the law. When you work with us, you don’t have to navigate the complex divorce process alone. We are here to help each step of the way.

The length of time it takes to get a divorce varies depending on many factors. While the minimum timeframe is 91 days, often cases take much longer to resolve. The case may proceed to mediation or trial depending on the specifics of the case and the cooperation of each party.

Yes, but it’s usually easier to hire a lawyer to handle this step to avoid errors and ensure you reach the desired resolution.

The average cost of divorce varies widely depending on the case’s specifics. Details like child custody, spousal maintenance, division of property, and the willingness of the other spouse to cooperate with the process, impact the total costs. The cost for divorce includes court fees, attorney fees, filing fees, and other expenses.

Work with A Trusted Colorado Divorce Attorney

Philip Goldberg PC has extensive experience working with clients through the divorce process. We understand the emotional toll of a divorce. That’s why we offer a compassionate approach to each client. Yet, we also focus on excellence to achieve the outcome you desire from the divorce.

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.