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Getting an Uncontested Divorce

In Colorado, no matter how complex a couple's situation is, they can achieve an uncontested divorce if they can reach an agreement on several main issues. These would include: agreeing on a parenting plan; how much child support there should be, and for how long; the amount of spousal support, and how long this would last; how to divide all assets; and how to split up all debts. A couple does not have to agree on every single one of these issues to enter an uncontested divorce, however, but they do have to be open to negotiating these matters. This could be a negotiation that occurs directly with both lawyers present, or the process could include a mediator too. Either way, a negotiated divorce would save you a lengthy and very expensive trial, as well as the needless stress that comes along with it.

In order to file for an uncontested divorce, at least one of the spouses has to have lived in Colorado for at least the past 90 days. For couples who have minor children, the children must have lived at least the past six months in Colorado (or since birth for infants not yet six months of age). Spouses can file jointly, or they can file separate petitions. If you want an uncontested divorce, then you will need to bring your agreements to the status conference. If every issue is agreed upon, there is still a 90-day waiting period until the court will complete the divorce.

Each spouse must also give one another full financial disclosure, giving over all information regarding assets, costs, and debts, for example. Even if a couple has a financial agreement, they still have to take this step, submitting the information under oath if they want a judge to approve their agreement.

Once that step is done, spouses can reach a separation agreement that covers property division and support payments. In this agreement, property division would still be under equitable distribution law, which means that the division of assets and debts has to be fair, not necessarily even. If a couple has children, they also have to create a parenting plan. The child custody arrangement has to be in the best interests of the child still, and child support would likely still need to be determined according to Colorado's Child Support Guidelines.

Would you need an attorney for an uncontested divorce? If you face any difficult issues in your divorce, then you would definitely benefit from having a legal expert on your side. But even if you think your divorce is simple enough to warrant a do-it-yourself divorce, those types of divorces usually leave a good deal of gaps, or it may address issues inadequately, forcing you to later amend your divorce settlement with the help of an experienced divorce lawyer. You will not have saved any time or money at all.

With an experienced attorney on your side, you can achieve a fair and swift resolution to your divorce, and not have to worry about any loose ends or unaddressed issues that could haunt you in the future. If you want to learn more about how you can save money and time in getting as painless a divorce as possible, contact Sturniolo & Associates today! We also understand that an uncontested divorce is not always possible, as it takes both spouses' cooperation. Whatever situation you find yourself in, we have extensive experience with which we can help you, having handled more than 1,000 family law cases over the years. Find out how an qualified Denver divorce lawyer can help you and your family to a better future.

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