What are the Requirements for Divorce in Colorado?

Filing for divorce in Colorado is similar to filing in other states. Most states have specific requirements for filing regarding where the person lives, the length of time he or she has lived there, and his or her reasons for wanting a divorce.

What qualifications must you meet to be eligible for divorce in Colorado?

In order to be eligible to file for divorce in Colorado, one or both spouses must have lived in Colorado for at least the last 91 days.

States allow spouses to file for divorce based on various grounds. Colorado is a no fault state, so the only grounds needed to be granted a divorce is for the court to find that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Colorado courts do not take spousal behavior into account when granting a divorce.

This makes divorcing easier because it does not require either spouse to prove his or her husband or wife did something wrong. It is becoming increasingly rare, but there was a time when in order to be granted a divorce, a person must prove his or her spouse’s behavior justified a divorce. At one time, accusations of substance abuse, infidelity, and alienation of affection were common in divorce proceedings and needed for the law to consider your divorce necessary.

Requesting a divorce in Colorado is relatively simple, but navigating the transition from marriage to divorce can be complicated. This is especially true for couples that share assets and have children. Each might want the same thing – to no longer be married – but how they want their life to look after the marriage is over is vastly different. This is why it is so important to work with a divorce attorney.

If you are considering divorce or you have already filed for divorce and you need assistance with the legal issues that arise as a result of filing for divorce, we can help. Contact Montgomery Little & Soran, P.C. at 303-773-8100.