Even amicable divorces can quickly become contentious. Spouses rarely anticipate the emotional, financial, and legal challenges presented by divorce until they are entrenched in the process.
Before you file for a Colorado divorce, contact our Wellington divorce lawyer to learn about the state’s divorce process and be prepared for potential obstacles.
Why Choose The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC, for Your Divorce?
The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC, has helped clients through all aspects of divorce from property division to child custody and support for more than a decade. We are strictly a family law firm serving Northern Colorado.
When you meet with one of our experienced Colorado divorce lawyers, we can answer your divorce-related questions, put your mind at ease, and work with you to create an effective case strategy. The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC, is equipped to handle complex child custody matters and high-value marital estates.
Our Wellington divorce attorneys have the resources to address all of your family law needs. Arrange a confidential consultation with The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC, at our office today.
Colorado is a No-Fault Divorce State
Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. This means neither spouse must accept blame or fault for the breakup of the marriage.
Spouses divorce due to the “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage or incompatibility and the inability to reconcile.
Residency Requirements and Waiting Period for a Colorado Divorce
A spouse must live in Colorado for 91 days to file for a divorce (called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage). After serving the non-filing spouse with the Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, there is a 90-day waiting period before the court will grant a divorce.
If spouses file a petition jointly, there is a 90-day waiting period from the date of filing. However, the majority of Colorado divorces take six to nine months to complete.
Why Divorces Take Time
The length of a divorce depends on the circumstances of the marriage. There are major marital issues that must be resolved when spouses legally dissolve a union.
Spouses who can settle their issues without the assistance of the court will move through a divorce faster than those needing a trial. Factors that complicate a divorce include:
Property and other marital assets
Retirement accounts, stocks, and collectibles
An experienced family law attorney can be invaluable when identifying, valuing, and dividing assets and debts equitably. Divorce attorneys can also offer creative options for child custody challenges and allocation of parenting responsibilities.
Marital Property is Equitably Divided in Colorado
Colorado equitably divides marital property. Marital property is any property acquired during a marriage.
It is important to note that an equitable division is not necessarily an equal distribution. Rather, it is based on what seems fair given the spouses’ circumstances.
The court takes several factors into account when making marital property decisions, including the length of the marriage and each spouse’s financial needs.
Only in rare cases will a spouse’s separate property be divided in a divorce.
Contact an Experienced Wellington Divorce Lawyer Today
If you have concerns about property division in your divorce or want to ensure you receive specific property in your divorce, schedule a consultation with The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC. One of our experienced divorce lawyers can advise you regarding an equitable property division that achieves your desires.
At The Law Office of Stephen Vertucci, LLC, we handle all family law matters. Our Wellington divorce attorneys can help you with divorce, child custody, modifications of orders, spousal maintenance, and more.
Reach out to our Wellington office now to make your appointment.