When the marriage is broken beyond repair, and divorce is on the horizon, it is in your very best interest to be prepared with information rather than approach the matter clueless. The process of dissolving a marriage in Colorado is pretty straightforward.
This is the whole essence of a no-fault divorce. But exactly what does this mean and how can it impact the outcome of your divorce?
Understanding the basics of a no-fault divorce
Generally, no-fault divorce means that neither spouse has to accept any blame for the breakdown in the marriage. For instance, you need not argue that infidelity, cruelty or abandonment are reasons for the divorce. All you need to do is state that the marriage is broken beyond repair and there are no plans to reconcile.
So, what does a no-fault divorce look like?
You can file for divorce as long as you have lived in Colorado for at least 90 days. That said, the exact process of obtaining a no-fault divorce depends on your marriage’s specific circumstances. Here are some of the things the court will take into account while ruling on your divorce:
- Income and debt distribution
- Whether you have minor children together
- Marital assets and other investments
During the divorce process, both parties will be required to disclose what they own (and owe) for purposes of equitable property distribution. You and your spouse will also need to agree on a parenting plan as well as other terms of the divorce like alimony. The more amicable your divorce is, the better for everyone impacted, especially the children.
Understanding the state’s divorce laws can help you navigate your divorce process and protect your rights and interests during and after the divorce.