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Divorce can be a difficult and emotionally tense situation for everyone involved. There is much to consider when filing for divorce and you must take steps to protect the futures of yourself and your children. In the event of a divorce, property and belongings must be divided and financial obligations need to be settled and separated.
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Our attorney at Jones Law Firm, PC understands that every case is unique. We implement a creative approach to meet each client’s individual needs, and we always put our clients as our top priority. We’re prepared to work tirelessly to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your divorce case. Keep reading for answers to common questions we hear about divorce and annulment in the state of Colorado.
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What are grounds for divorce in Colorado?
The Colorado courts will grant a divorce upon finding that a marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This means that the only requirement is that the petitioner is able to prove irreconcilable differences between the two parties. Additionally, a divorce decree is granted by the court regardless of which partner is at “fault” in the situation. Colorado is known as a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that there is no need to prove wrongdoing of the other spouse in order to have your divorce granted.
Am I eligible for a divorce or annulment?
Divorce is defined as the final ending or dissolving of a marriage as ordered by the court. In order to file for a divorce within a certain county, you or your spouse must have lived in the county for at least 90 days. If you do not want to file for a divorce, but rather want to prove that the marriage was not valid — i.e., obtain an annulment — there are other ways by which you end the marriage.
By declaring a marriage to be invalid through an annulment, one of the following scenarios must apply:
One spouse was not able to give consent due to mental incapacity or because he / she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
One spouse did not have the capacity to consummate the marriage but the other spouse was unaware of this at the time of the marriage
One spouse was under the age of consent and did not receive parental permission to become married
The marriage was entered into as a dare or joke
You can also request a legal separation in lieu of a divorce. If you and your spouse become legally separated, you will technically still be married but you are permitted to live separately. Matters of child custody and support still need to be resolved if you pursue a legal separation, just as you would in a divorce case.
How long will my divorce take?
Depending on whether you file a contested or uncontested divorce, your case could take anywhere from six months to one year. Our legal team in Denver, however, can help you obtain temporary orders that protect you and appeal to your best interests while details of the divorce are being resolved. With our extensive experience and vast knowledge of Colorado family law, we know how a judge is likely to rule on any given case. Our goal is to help you formulate a compelling and persuasive case so that you can achieve a satisfactory outcome.
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At Jones Law Firm, PC, our team knows how to address all of these aspects of divorce proceedings for our clients. Whether amicable or stormy, your divorce proceeding will come with its own unique challenges. Our experience and drive to meet the goals of our clients can help lighten that burden. We can help you mediate your matter peacefully outside of court, or if you disagree on the terms of the divorce we can aggressively litigate the matter at trial. With a long track record of successful results and a history that includes over two decades of experience and consistent referrals from our peers, colleagues, and clients, you can trust that Jones Law Firm, PC is the team to call.
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