Colorado Divorce FAQ
Divorce is always a difficult thing for all parties involved, including the spouses, children, extended families, and close friends. If you’re currently considering divorce, you may be feeling hesitant about going through with it, despite the fact that it would be the best thing for you and all those involved. Divorce proceedings can be complicated and have the reputation for being a laborious and costly process. We tend to associate divorce and all it entails with contentious legal battles that tear apart families and leave one or both spouses with plenty of debt, but few assets. However, it does not have to be this way for you if you secure the representation of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney. We have put together a divorce FAQ to help guide you through the difficult decision to divorce.
The Colorado divorce lawyers at Kaplan Law L.L.C. can help. We’ll explore your alternative legal options apart from the conventional and contentious trial route. There are less stressful and more cost-effective ways of dealing with divorce, and our legal team is deeply familiar with all of them. But, should a divorce trial become necessary, Kaplan Law L.L.C. is prepared for that, too. No matter what the case may be, we will fight hard to ensure that you come out of the divorce with your assets and future well-being intact.
To learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time, call our Denver offices today at 303-458-5500 to schedule a case evaluation. Your initial consultation is 50 percent off for the first hour. Kaplan Law, L.L.C. prides itself on providing excellent legal services at dramatically lower rates than the fees from other prominent Denver law firms.
What are the Divorce Laws in Colorado?
The laws regarding divorce vary all across the nation, state by state. State governments enforce their own rules as to what may warrant a divorce, how assets are divided, and awarding child custody. The State of Colorado follows a “no fault” divorce law. No fault divorce means that either the husband or wife can request dissolution of marriage merely because the marriage is broken and they do not feel that the marriage can be repaired. Kaplan Law L.L.C. can assist you with your divorce claim and its many complex aspects, such as:
- Collaborative Law
- Special Master
- Fraud Lawsuit
Depending on the circumstances of your specific case, we may recommend that you attempt alternative divorce procedures that involve negotiation rather than litigation, such as mediation and collaborative law. Of course, these methods do not fit every divorce case. If it is impossible for you and your spouse to reach an agreement over various issues, litigation may be the only choice. This is not a problem for the attorneys at Kaplan Law. We have ample knowledge of all divorce procedures in Colorado, whether they take place inside or outside the courtroom.
What are the Main Issues in Divorce?
Divorce proceedings usually involve disputes over many different issues, some of them more contentious than others. The four main issues that tend to cause the most disputes when it comes to divorce proceedings are the following:
- Property Division: Who gets what shared property that was attained during the marriage. This can include real estate, material possessions, accumulated wealth, purchases, pets, and more.
- Spousal Maintenance: This is also referred to as alimony, an amount of monetary supplementation one spouse pays to the other upon divorce.
- Custody and Parenting Time: This is often one of the most contentious aspects of a divorce: who gets primary custody of the children and how much access the other spouse is allowed to those children.
- Child Support: Child support is another highly contentious issue surrounding a divorce settlement. The amount of child support the courts may demand a parent to pay can be financially draining on the parent paying it, even if that parent has remarried and is no longer in dire financial straits.
The experienced Denver divorce lawyers at Kaplan Law L.L.C. know the laws that correspond to these often weighty Colorado divorce issues. We will take a personal interest in your case. Kaplan Law L.L.C. can also represent you in other family law cases, including paternity, grandparents rights, appeals, adoption, and more. Visit our practice areas page to learn more about what areas of family law we cover.
The Divorce Process
Whether you want a separation from your spouse because he or she committed adultery or got abusive; or your spouse surprised you with a sudden and swift desire to separate, you likely want a clear and simple understanding of the divorce process. This article strives to boil down some key points, so that you can reduce the amount of stress you have about the upcoming proceedings and prepare yourself – mentally and otherwise – for what could lie ahead.
What is Discovery?
Generally, the next step of the process is the disclosing and sharing of information about the divorce. Your attorney (and your spouse’s attorney) will want items and information to be disclosed. You will also likely submit “interrogatories” – questions for your spouse. And he or she will submit questions to you. In the discovery process, you also try to establish “admissions of fact” about the marriage. Each party can accept or deny each fact. Your lawyer and your spouse’s lawyer will also seek so-called requests for production – to get documents like bank statements or other documents that say how much income you have. Lastly, attorneys may take depositions – so-called sworn testimony – from witnesses and other parties. The statements that you or others make during deposition can be used in court proceedings.
Mediation and Beyond in Colorado
During mediation in Colorado, a court-appointed lawyer will try to negotiate a settlement between you and your spouse. If mediation fails to resolve outstanding issues, the divorce may head to divorce court, at which a judge will listen to arguments presented by you and your spouse and settle the arrangement. Once the judge issues a final decree regarding child custody, spousal support, asset distribution, and other key issues, either party can seek an appeal of the divorce court ruling.
Factors that influence the divorce process include whether any dependents are involved, how long the marriage lasted, how many assets you and your spouse accumulated, whether you or your spouse owe money to creditors (or to each other), and whether one spouse “wronged” the other by, for instance, committing adultery.
Kaplan Law L.L.C. is a Dependable Divorce Law Firm in Colorado
Divorce is a difficult, emotional, painful, and trying process for anyone who is going through it. Marriages are forged to last forever, and when that dream breaks down, disappointment, regret, anger, and bitterness can quickly follow. If you are considering a divorce or are in the middle of divorce proceedings, our Denver divorce legal team can help you through one of the most difficult times in your life. While we realize that a divorce can change a person’s life in irreversible ways, the sensitive Denver family law attorneys at Kaplan Law L.L.C. can help make the proceedings surrounding the divorce process less painful than they would be without skilled representation.
Kaplan Law L.L.C. will be by your side as you make decisions of personal and or property matters, collection of funds, and child custody. It is our goal to make the process of getting divorced as quick and easy as possible so that you can get on with your life. Contact us at 303-458-5500.