Divorce may be far from a person's mind when they walk down the aisle with their intended. However, as readers of this blog know, divorce affects a number of first-time and subsequent marriages each and every year. Divorce is not just an issue for Colorado residents: across the nation, many marriages fail and end in divorce courts.
In order to pursue a divorce in Colorado, an individual must meet several requirements. One of those requirements relates to their residency. Though this post will address the topic of residency for the purposes of divorce in detail, readers should speak to their own divorce attorneys about what they must do to begin the divorce process, as this post does not offer any legal advice.
Colorado divorce courts are open to individuals who have lived in the state for at least 90 days before they file their paperwork. That means that a person cannot move into Colorado and file for divorce the next day. They must wait approximately three months before their residency is considered sufficient to use the courts.
Once a divorce is filed, a person may have to wait another three months to receive a decree of divorce. This is the minimum amount of time the courts have to offer final determinations on the divorces that happen in their courtrooms. If a divorce is contested or if a party offers a defense to a petition to divorce, the process of divorce may take longer. As individual factors will influence the outcomes and timelines of different divorce proceedings, readers are encouraged to get help with their own divorces from attorneys they trust.