Divorce is never the goal, but sometimes it is inevitable. Lack of communication,
money issues and infidelity can lead to separation, but what’s the
first step you need to take to begin your divorce? While you may be able
to file for divorce on your own, children, assets and angry spouses can
complicate the process. For this reason, we suggest reaching out to our
Longmont divorce lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C.
1. Residency Requirement
Before you can start filling out any divorce forms, you have to meet the
residency requirement in Colorado. At least one member of a couple filing
for divorce must reside in the state for a minimum of 90 consecutive days.
Courts may look at your paid income taxes, your driver’s license
or whether you’re registered to vote in Colorado to determine residency.
An attorney can help you collect the information needed to fulfill the
2. Prepare Divorce Forms
If you meet the residency requirements, you can fill out the necessary
divorce forms. If you and your spouse have dependent children, meaning
any minors financially dependent on both of you, you will fill out additional
forms. Below are the forms you need, courtesy of the Colorado Judicial Branch:
If you don’t have children, you can download the forms
If you do have children, down the forms
If you’re having trouble finding the right forms, a lawyer can help
you with collecting and filling out forms.
3. File Divorce Forms with the Court
Filing your forms initiates the first official step in legitimizing the
dissolution of your marriage with the court. Make two copies of the forms
to leave you with three sets: one for you, one for your spouse and the
original for the court. File the original forms in the courthouse of the
county you or your spouse reside in. As of 2017, the filing fee in Colorado
is $230, although you can request a fee waiver if you can’t afford
it. Ask a lawyer where you need to file divorce forms.
4. Serve Divorce Forms
Once papers are filed, you must serve the papers to your spouse; they have
20 days to respond. You can either serve the papers yourself or arrange
a service to deliver them on your behalf, for a small fee. An attorney
can help you serve the divorce forms.
5. Disclose Finances
Each spouse is required to make certain mandatory financial disclosures.
These statements, which are signed in front of a notary public, detail
each spouse’s finances, including income, liabilities, assets and
monthly expenses. This information is used to determine child support
and alimony. A divorce lawyer can help you disclose finances properly.
Contact Us Today!
If you are thinking about filing for divorce or are currently going through
the process, contact our Longmont divorce lawyers at Jorgensen, Brownell
& Pepin, P.C. We are dedicated to offering the legal guidance you
need to resolve matters quickly and amicably.
To arrange a consultation, please contact us online