The laws regarding divorce vary from state to state, so it is helpful to have a Colorado divorce road map and a qualified Denver divorce attorney before you begin the process.
The first step in laying out a Colorado divorce road map is to make sure the jurisdiction is within the Colorado divorce courts.
One of the parties must demonstrate he or she has been a resident of the filing county for a sufficient amount of time, usually at least 90 days.
If you file without meeting the residency requirement, your case will be rejected or dismissed. While a Colorado divorce attorney can help with filing, you still must be a resident of the county where you file.
Once jurisdiction is reviewed, a Colorado divorce lawyer can help you file a petition for the dissolution of marriage.
This document will detail the grounds upon which you are filing for divorce. These grounds lay out why you are seeking a divorce and there must be detail to support the grounds. The documentation is a core step in your Colorado divorce road map.
Typically, the courts in Colorado will look to create an equitable distribution of property between the two parties. This does not necessarily mean an equal division, but rather a fair split.
Most often, our family attorney will work with you to coordinate an agreement with your estranged spouse independent of the court’s intervention. If this cannot be achieved, then the court will decide upon the distribution of property.
As you plan your Colorado divorce road map, your experienced Colorado divorce attorney will gather information from you about the property acquired by you and your spouse.
When the court looks at dividing property, several factors are taken into consideration.
First, courts will consider the contribution by each spouse when originally acquiring the property. Contributions both financially and by someone in the role of a homemaker are fully considered, but it always helps to have a divorce attorney to make sure both spouses are reporting property accurately.
Next, the court evaluates the economic picture of each spouse given the division of property and the property value. At this point in developing your Colorado divorce road map, you will be working with your family law attorney to communicate the details of your property holdings accurately.
The majority of divorces are financially expensive which makes identifying all of your financial resources that you have available before the divorce proceedings start very important.
It is smart to financially budget accordingly to make sure you are able to support yourself throughout the divorce proceedings and pay all the services and professionals you hire to help and represent you.
Some examples of financial assets you should make sure to identify are:
Real Estate Investments,
Savings and Checking Accounts
It is always smart to stay on top of current bills and payments during a divorce so that you are not in a financial hole after the divorce is finished.