Divorce Residency Essentials to Get Divorce in Colorado
Before a person can file for divorce in Colorado, the filing spouse must have lived in the state for a minimum of 90 days. After the respondent is served, there is a 90-day waiting period before the divorce can be declared final.
Reasons for Divorce in Colorado
Colorado only recognizes one reason (or grounds) for divorce. That reason is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. In Colorado, this is NOT considered a no-fault grounds for divorce.
Custody of the Children in Colorado
Physical and legal custody of a child or children can be agreed upon by the parties involved in the divorce. Joint legal custody would entail allowing both parties to have equal input into crucial decisions involving the child. If the divorce is contested, the court will determine how responsibilities should be delegated. Decisions regarding parenting time and where the child will live are decided according to the best interests of the child.
In making decisions about physical custody, it is essential to consider the bond between child and siblings, adjustment to school and home, wishes of the parents, the desires of the child (if he or she is of mature age) and any history of child or spousal abuse in the family.
Evidence of both parents’ ability to make joint decisions is a consideration when allocating legal custody.
Colorado Child Support Guidelines
Colorado has standard child support guidelines that are applied in almost every divorce case. Worksheets and forms can be obtained from any district court clerk. They are also available as part of the package from OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. Income of both parents and child-related expenses are taken into consideration in the calculation of child support. Support continues until the child reaches age 18 or until he or she finishes high school.
Once the court has received consent, an arbitrator can be appointed to resolve disputes between parties concerning minor or dependent children. Such conflicts can include, but are not limited to, parenting time, lack of child support payments and disputed parenting decisions. Arbitration is a binding process and will be completed before the divorce forms are completed and the DIY divorce is finalized.
The fees charged to file a divorce case in the Colorado state court are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorceSolutions.com. These costs can vary from county to county. Check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount required to file so that there are no unpleasant surprises when the time comes to file.