Colorado allows you to complete your divorce without an attorney if you and your spouse can come to an agreement on what to do with your property and how you will care for any children that you have.
Colorado Residency Requirements
One of the spouses must have lived in Colorado for 90 days before a divorce can be filed here.
Grounds For Divorce
An irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is the only grounds for divorce in Colorado.
Filing Your Colorado Divorce
It takes 90 days to finalize the divorce once you start the process. The steps for filing a Colorado divorce (also called a "dissolution") are as follows:
- Complete the online interview.
- Both spouses sign the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, and then one spouse files it with the Clerk of Courts.
- The Court will send you a Case Management Order or similiar document, after which time both spouses sign the Decree of Dissolution (and supporting documents), and one spouse files them with the Court.
- Wait ninety (90) days to receive your Decree of Dissolution signed by the Judge.
Division of property & debt, child parenting plan (including child support, visitation and custody), spousal support, and more are covered.
DivorceWriter provides forms specific to the state of Colorado and offers a money back guarantee if your documents are not accepted by the Court.
If you purchase a DivorceWriter Colorado divorce, you are selecting the following forms:
- Case Information Sheet (JDF 1000)
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (JDF 1101)
- Petitioner's Sworn Financial Statement (JDF 1111) with Supporting Schedule (JDF 1111-SS)
- Co-Petitioner's Sworn Financial Statement (JDF 1111) with Supporting Schedule (JDF 1111-SS)
- Petitioner's Mandatory Disclosure (JDF 1125)
- Co-Petitioner's Mandatory Disclosure (JDF 1125)
- Petitioner's Certificate of Compliance (JDF 1104)
- Co-Petitioner's Certificate of Compliance (JDF 1104)
- Spousal Maintenance Advisement
- Separation Agreement (JDF 1115)
- Decree of Dissolution of Marriage (JDF 1116)
- Affidavit for Decree without Appearance of the Parties (JDF 1201) (For divorces with no minor children only)
If you indicate that you have minor children, you are also selecting these additional forms:
- Parenting Plan (JDF 1113)
- Child Support Obligation Worksheet (Worksheet A for Sole Physical Care or Worksheet B for Shared Physical Care)
- Notice to Set Hearing (JDF 1123)
- Notice of Hearing (JDF 1124)
- Motion for Absentee Testimony (JDF 1309) and Order for Absentee Testimony (JDF 1310) (If one spouse is unable attend the hearing)
- Support Order (JDF 1117)
Colorado couples with children are required to attend a parenting class as well as a brief final hearing.