When spouses are eligible to pursue a divorce in Colorado, the next steps in the process will depend on various factors, such as but not exclusive to the following:
- Spouses agree on the issues of their divorce – when spouses agree on all of the issues of their divorce, they can proceed with an uncontested divorce case. If even one issue is being disputed, however, the case will likely move forward as a contested divorce.
- Children are involved in the divorce – the involvement of children can mean that child custody and child support issues need to be resolved as part of the divorce. It can also mean that:
Parents may need to participate in mediation and/or parenting time classes as part of the divorce process.
Temporary custody and/or support orders need to be obtained as the divorce proceeds.
- A valid pre-nuptial or post-nuptial is in place – such agreements can dictate what constitutes marital versus separate property, how marital property should be divided, and how (or whether) spousal maintenance should be awarded.
- Domestic violence or abuse allegations are involved – these accusations can lead to additional hearings, investigations, etc. Uncovering whether domestic violence allegations are valid is crucial to the wellbeing of the parties involved.