divorce can impact your life in a variety of ways, from your emotional and
mental health to your financial well-being. Preparing for the divorce process
can help you minimize the financial fallout and give yourself time to heal.
Here are 7 steps to take prior to ending your
- Make Sure the Relationship Cannot Be Repaired
is a serious solution. Make sure it’s the right one before filing the
paperwork. Depending on the issues driving you and your spouse apart, you may
want to try marriage counseling first. Ensure that you feel confident about the
decision to divorce before moving on to the next step.
- Connect With a Reliable Attorney
crucial to have legal representation when going through divorce, even
if you and your spouse agree on the division of assets and liabilities. Doing
so ensures that you meet court deadlines and submit the proper paperwork.
- File for Divorce
begin moving through the rest of the process, you must file a summons and
petition for the dissolution of the marriage. The other party has 20 days to
respond if currently residing in Colorado, and 30 days if out-of-state.
- Settle Temporary Court Orders
court orders are used to handle many pressing issues that arise early in the
divorce process. If you and your spouse agree on issues like custody and
spousal support, the court can draft a temporary order based on these terms.
Otherwise, the court will decide at the initial hearing.
- Meet All Court Deadlines During the Discovery Process
discovery process aims to uncover each party’s financial status, including
debts, assets, and income. Answer all requests for documents promptly and well
before the deadline. Delays can set back the divorce timeline. Your attorney
can assist you in responding to requests, as well as asking for specific
documents from your soon-to-be ex-spouse.
- Negotiate Division of Assets and Liabilities
is often high during a divorce, even if both parties agree on important topics.
It’s crucial, however, to negotiate issues like asset division, liabilities,
custody, and spousal support in a calm and fair manner. If both parties agree
on everything, your attorney can draft a final orders agreement, and the court
will then review it. If one party requests a final orders hearing, final
decisions must be made at a pretrial meeting.
- Wait for the Final Court Date
states have required waiting periods for couples seeking a dissolution of
marriage, and Colorado is no exception. There’s a mandatory 90-day waiting
period, which begins from the date of filing. It’s important to note that some
divorces can take much longer than 90 days, particularly if either party
disagrees on important topics and issues. Whether your divorce is contested
or uncontested, wait for the
hearing date for things to become finalized.
Streamline the Colorado Divorce Process
The decision to end a marriage is never an easy one, but it helps when you have the proper legal support. With the family law experts at Kinnaird Law, you get dependable representation throughout your divorce. Call (719) 520-0003 to schedule an appointment.