Colorado Divorce Laws
Contested, Uncontested, and No Fault Divorces in Colorado
In the state of Colorado, there are three main terms for divorce with which you should be familiar: contested divorce, uncontested divorce and no fault divorce. Each of these is defined in detail by Colorado divorce laws. Below is a brief explanation of these terms to help you better understand their meaning and how they may apply to your circumstance.
A contested divorce occurs when couples cannot agree on the terms of their divorce; this can include how the marital estate is divided and matters related to child custody and child support in Colorado. A divorce lawyer is often necessary to ensure your rights and interests are protected. When couples cannot agree, divorce law in Colorado enables a judge to determine a fair arrangement for the couple. Much is at stake in a contested divorce since the judge’s ruling typically cannot be overturned by an appellate court—a judge’s final ruling stands.
An uncontested divorce occurs when couples come to an agreement on the terms of their divorce without the need to go before a judge. Couples must submit their agreement to the court to ensure that it is fair and equitable. Upon acceptance by the court, the separation agreement will be legally binding. Couples who are able to compromise through an uncontested divorce are usually able to save the time and expense of a contested divorce.
No Fault Divorce
Colorado is a no fault divorce state. That means that under divorce law in Colorado, either party may submit a petition for separation or divorce without any other reason than the marriage is “irretrievably broken.”
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