I Was Served With a Petition for Divorce in Colorado. Now What?

Your spouse has filed for divorce, and you have received the initial paperwork. So, what are your next (or first) steps?

Before proceeding to your first step, you must sign the Waiver and Acceptance of Service (JDF 1102(a)) and return it to your spouse. Signing this document will prevent you from being personally served by a third party (generally a process server or county sheriff who has been instructed to hand you the initial paperwork at home or even your place of employment). If you were served with the petition by someone other than your spouse and did not receive a Waiver of Service, you can proceed directly to your first step.

Tip: Signing the Waiver of Service does not mean you agree with everything your spouse has put in the petition – you'll have a chance to file a response later on. The Waiver of Service is simply your acknowledgment that you received the initial paperwork.

Related: Should I File a Response? You can also consult with a lawyer.

1. Prepare your response to the Petition

Prepare your Response to the Petition (JDF 1103), and file it with the court within 21 days of being served or signing the Waiver of Service. You must also provide your spouse with a copy of your response.

Now that your spouse has initiated divorce proceedings, you generally have 21 days from the date you signed the Waiver of Service or were personally served to file your response (JDF 1103). The response is your opportunity to state whether you agree or disagree with the information in the petition. After you prepare your response, you will need to file it with the court along with the appropriate filing fee ($116.00).

Tip: If you cannot afford the response fee, you can ask the court to waive your fee by also filing a motion for a Fee Waiver (JDF 205).

2. Do your required Financial Disclosures

Prepare your mandatory financial disclosures by completing your Sworn Financial Respondent's Resource Revised Statement (JDF 1111), Supporting Schedules (JDF 1111SS), and Certificate of Compliance (JDF 1104). Your spouse will also need to complete this process. If you have children, you will also need to take a mandatory parenting class.

The financial disclosure process is the process in which both you and your spouse complete a financial statement (JDF 1111/1111SS) and exchange certain financial documentation, such as income documentation and bank statements. This is a required step for both you and your spouse.

3. Reach an agreement with your spouse

Finally, you will want to work with your spouse to come to agreements on all divorce issues, such as the division of assets, maintenance (spousal support), and issues related to your children. If you need help, we have loads of resources to assist you.

Using our Divorce Navigator, you and your spouse can prepare all your agreements (Separation Agreement and Parenting Plan) to be submitted to the court for review and approval. Once the court signs your decree, you will be officially divorced.

Tip: If you and your spouse have trouble coming to an agreement on property, debt, support, or shared parenting-related issues, Hello Divorce offers in-house mediation options to fit the needs of your unique situation. We can also provide referrals to mediators near you, and we have a large volume of helpful mediation resources.

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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.