Colorado Divorce without an Agreement

The divorce process is easier when you and your spouse have an amicable relationship and can agree on most things. (Easier said than done, we know.) However, even if there is a full agreement, all aspects of the divorce process will still need to be completed (such as financial disclosures).

Negotiating before your Initial Status Conference

Whenever possible, we recommend trying to negotiate as many details as you can prior to your Initial Status Conference. The sooner you are able to reach an agreement on the specific aspects of your divorce, the smoother the rest of the process will be. If you and your spouse do agree on all the issues, you may not be required to appear in court. That said, always confirm with the court whether you are required to appear.

Getting what you want

Another major incentive to work things out outside of court: Whether you use mediation or legal counsel, your decisions will be better suited to what you actually want. When it comes to splitting assets, one spouse may be fine with giving up the house in exchange for a savings account, and while the court will make equitable decisions, it won't weigh out your preferred compromises. Similarly, if one spouse works evenings and the other works weekends, you and your spouse will be naturally better at creating a parental responsibility schedule that works for your specific circumstances.

Protecting your peace of mind

We know it's not always possible to have a full agreement, and we do not recommend agreeing to things you're uncomfortable with. Your sense of security and peace of mind is important, and the terms of your agreement will have significant lasting consequences. If you do not have a good relationship with your spouse and thus cannot come to an agreement, we recommend waiting for the Initial Status Conference. In these situations, it is the court's job to help guide you through the process, which would include requiring both parties to attend mediation if deemed necessary.

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Heather is Hello Divorce's co-founder, President and Chief Content Officer, and our resident expert on divorce rules, procedures and guidelines across the states. Heather uses her content background, deep legal knowledge, and coding skills to author most of our state-specific divorce software. Heather joined Hello Divorce two months into a planned year-long vacation from the start-up world because she was convinced that the legal world is one of the only things left that truly needed disruption. Since her expertise (obsession) is making complex, frustrating processes easier – and even enjoyable – for consumers, Heather leads the product, customer service, marketing, and content teams at Hello Divorce.

Heather has a Master's in Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Notre Dame. Heather lives in California with her husband, two kids, and too many pets. You can often find her answering Hello Divorce's free info calls on weekends, and in her free time, she dabbles in ukulele, piano, and electric bass.