DIY Divorce Instructions: How to File & Serve


Step 1 Instructions: File & serve your Petition or Response

Decide how you want to file

Decide if you are going to e-file your forms, mail them to the court, or go to the court in person to file them. You can find out which court you need to file with on the top left-hand corner of your completed Petition form. If you’re going to e-file, go HERE to do so.

Print & sign all your completed forms

Click here to access all your completed forms. Review them all carefully to make sure they’re correct, then sign and date each one where needed.

Make (3) copies of your signed forms

You’ll be mailing these copies or taking them to the court to file.

Prepare your filing fee

Typically, the Petition costs $230, and the Response costs $116. If you feel you can’t afford to pay this fee, click here to see if you are eligible for a fee waiver. If you do feel like you qualify for a fee waiver,

Decide if you are going to mail the forms in to the court or go to the court in person to file your forms. You can find out which court you need to file with on the top left-hand corner of your completed Petition or Response form.

Mail or take your forms to the court

If you are going to mail the forms, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. You’ll need to include all copies of your forms. Note: If you filed a Joint Petition or are the Respondent, this is your last step.

Prepare your Waiver of Service (Recommended)

In Colorado, the court needs proof that your spouse received the Petition. The easiest way to satisfy the legal requirement of “service” after filing is to have your spouse sign a Waiver and Acceptance of Service. You simply email, mail, or hand your initial divorce forms to your spouse and they sign the Waiver, then you file the completed Waiver with the court.

Prepare the form

If your spouse won't sign a Waiver of Service, do this

If your spouse won’t sign the Waiver, you’ll need to have the Sheriff’s Department, a private process server, or someone over the age of 18 who is not involved in the case, to serve your spouse the Petition with a Return of Service Form. Note: the Return of Service must be signed by the person who served the documents.

Prepare the form

Mail or take your forms to court

Once you mail or take your Waiver of Service or Return of Service to the court, you’ve filed!

Step 2 Instructions: File & Serve Your Financial Disclosures

Decide how you want to file

Decide if you are going to e-file your forms, mail them to the court, or go to the court in person to file them. You can find out which court you need to file with on the top left-hand corner of your completed Petition form. If you’re going to e-file, go HERE to do so.

Print & sign all your completed financial disclosures

Click here to access all your completed financial disclosures. Review each one carefully to make sure they’re correct, then sign each one where needed.

Make (3) copies of your signed financial disclosures

Make three copies of these financial disclosures after you’ve signed them. You’ll be mailing some of these copies or taking them to the court to file.

Mail or take your financial disclosures to the court

Forms JDF 1104, JDF 1111, and JDF 1111-SS are the only financial disclosures the court needs. Once you mail or take these financial disclosures to the court, you’ve filed! If you are going to mail your financial disclosures, you’ll need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so you can have your copy returned to you.

Send your disclosures to your spouse

You don’t need to formally “serve” the financial disclosures to your spouse like in the previous step, but your spouse does need ALL of your financial disclosure forms and supporting documents. Simply email or mail a signed copy of the disclosures to them.

Be on the lookout for a notice from the court

Sometimes the court will automatically schedule an “Initial Status Conference” for you and your spouse, so the judge can get a basic overview of your divorce. Don’t panic! While going to the status conference is inconvenient, it’s not a hearing where you’re going to be fighting with your spouse. Learn more about how to prepare for a Status Conference here.

Step 3 Instructions: Your Final Decree

Print & sign all your Final Decree forms

Click here to access your completed Final Decree forms. Sign each one where needed. NOTE: You will only use JDF 1129 (Pretrial Statement) if you and your spouse don’t agree on all the issues in your Separation Agreement.

Make (3) copies of your forms

Make three copies of your final decree and agreements after you’ve signed the forms.

Take your Final Decree documents to your final prove-up hearing

You need to file your final decree and agreement documents with the court, and then the court may schedule a hearing, depending on circumstances. Make sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you are mailing your forms.

Final hearing? It depends!

Sometimes the court will set a “final hearing” before granting your divorce. Don’t panic, you got this. Learn how to prepare at this link.

Once the judge signs your Final Decree, you're divorced!

If the judge signs your Final Decree and agreements, your divorce is finalized!

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