Divorce in Colorado

Whether you’ve been thinking about divorce for a long time or you’re just beginning to explore your options, you’re in the right place. The divorce process involves three major steps (filing, serving, and then working out a settlement agreement and other divorce terms). However, rules, forms, and fees vary by state or even by county. Scroll down this page to find our most useful (and free) resources to guide you before, during, and after divorce in Colorado. 

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Important Information About Divorce in Colorado

Filing for divorce in Colorado is relatively simple, but actually getting divorced requires a long list of forms. But no need to get overwhelmed – we explain all the steps to you and our Divorce Navigator software guides you through all the forms. If you get stuck, we can help. To get started, check out some of our most helpful resources for divorce in the state of Colorado. 

Colorado Marriage & Divorce Laws

You're not required to find fault with your partner to get a Colorado divorce, although you can also cite grounds if your reason qualifies. There are several laws and state rules to be aware of, though. See our resources below for key information.

Finances, Property and Support

One of the most stressful parts of divorce is deciding who gets what and determining who must pay off marital debt. Spouses must reach agreements on things like splitting assets and debts, either on their own or with outside help from a mediator, financial advisor or attorney.

Initial Status Conference

An Initial Status Conference (ISC) in Colorado divorce court is just a way for the court to assess where each party is and what you agree upon. It’s informal and not a hearing. You present no evidence or testimony, and you don’t need a lawyer.

Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)

In Colorado, maintenance (spousal support) can be ordered for two different phases of divorce: during the divorce ("temporary maintenance") or after the divorce is finalized ("permanent maintenance").

Child Custody Mediation

Depending upon which county you reside in, or if you and your former partner are unable to agree on child custody and/or visitation issues, you will likely be required to participate in child custody mediation.

Mandatory Financial Disclosures

Divorcing couples are required by law to share their personal financial information with each other. This process helps make the process of dividing your marital estate (home, vehicles, debts, and such) as fair as possible.

Colorado's Required Parenting Classes by County

When divorcing with minor children in Colorado, some counties require you to attend parenting classes.

Other Important Topics about Divorce in Colorado 

Just as every couple is different, so is every divorce. Some couples can use checklists and other free resources to DIY their divorce through the Colorado court system, while others need more help. 

Others, including couples with at least one spouse in the military or couples with complicated scenarios (substantial assets, debts, custody concerns, an uncooperative spouse), must follow additional rules.