Divorce Attorney In Colorado

Divorce is a traumatic experience that can leave you with doubts and uncertainties about your future. Having the right team to support you during this process can make all the difference in how your divorce is resolved.

The Denver attorneys at The Burnham Law Firm are ready to partner with you, protect your rights and effectively guide you through the challenges of divorce. Many of our lawyers have gone through divorces themselves, either as parents or as children, making us intimately familiar with the difficulties of divorce. That is why we are dedicated to helping clients overcome these difficulties and minimize their potential risks as we guide them to new beginnings.


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Colorado Divorce Requirements: Can I File for Divorce in Colorado?

The two fundamental requirements that have to be met in order to qualify for divorce in Denver (and throughout Colorado) are the:

  • Residency requirement – Either spouse has to have lived in Colorado for at least 90 days to be eligible to file for divorce in the state. Spouses who do not meet this requirement can file for legal separation in the interim, converting the case to a divorce once the residency requirement has been fulfilled.
  • Ground for divorce – Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. Consequently, the only ground for divorce in Colorado is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage.

If these two divorce requirements are fulfilled, either spouse can file for divorce, or spouses can file for divorce jointly (i.e., together).


Getting Started with Divorce: The Issues & What to Expect

When spouses are eligible to pursue divorce in Colorado, the next steps in the process will depend on various factors, like (but not exclusive to) whether:

  • 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 prenuptial or post-nuptial is in place – Pre- and post-nuptial 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 divorcing parties and any involved children.


The Colorado Divorce Process: How Uncontested versus Contested Divorce Cases Proceed

Uncontested divorce cases may be resolved relatively quickly with minimal court interference. This is because, when there are no disputes over the issues in a divorce case, the court will review and process the divorce agreement developed by the spouses and then issue the final decree (based on the terms of that agreement).

In contrast, contested divorce cases can be more complicated and time-consuming to resolve because they can involve disputes over issues like (but limited to):

  • The distinction between marital versus separate property
  • The division of the marital assets, business assets and/or marital debt
  • The validity of a pre- or post-nuptial agreement
  • Hidden assets in divorce
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Child custody and child support.

The process that generally ensues to resolve these (and/or other) disputes in contested divorce cases tends to involve the following:

  1. One spouse files for divorce (in the county where (s)he lives) and serves the other spouse with a copy of the divorce petition. If the spouse filing the initial divorce petition (i.e., the petitioner) lives in Denver, the divorce petition would be have to be filed with the Denver District Court.
  2. The other spouse (i.e., the respondent) has 21 days – from the date of being served – to file a response to the divorce petition.
  3. Depending on the points disputed in the divorce case, the court may order the spouses to divorce mediation.
  4. If mediation fails to resolve the issue(s), a family court judge will set a trial date, as well as dates for discovery and various pre-trial hearings.
  5. At trial, each side will have the opportunity to present his or her case, arguments and evidence.
  6. When both parties have finished presenting their cases, the judge will rule on each disputed issue and ultimately grant a final divorce decree.


How a Divorce Attorney at Burnham Law Can Help You

At any point during the divorce process, high-tension situations – especially between couples with a history of conflict – can erupt into full-on litigation battles. Clear advice and effective representation from the Denver divorce lawyers at Burnham law, however, can help you remain focused and make the right decisions for you and your divorce case.

Our attorneys partner with our clients to fully understand their needs, issues, concerns and goals regarding divorce. While we always tailor our legal service to match our clients’ needs and cases, our lawyers regularly help clients in divorce by:

  • Analyzing sophisticated financial documents and transactions to value complex property
  • Collecting evidence to support our clients’ claims and requests
  • Explaining the short- and long-term impacts of the options at every juncture of the case
  • Fighting tenaciously to advance our clients’ interests and help them protect what matters most to them.

At Burnham Law, many of our attorneys are trained, certified mediators. Others have years of experience negotiating between combative parties in complex financial and emotional circumstances. This combination of experience makes our lawyers effective at handling various types of simple and complex divorce cases, including (but not limited to):

  • Uncontested and contested divorce
  • High-profile and high-asset divorce cases
  • Military divorce
  • Grey divorce
  • Divorce mediation
  • Divorce involving same-sex partners or partners in a common law marriage
  • Divorce involving various complex issues, like custody, hidden assets, allegations of domestic violence, etc.
  • Post-decree disputes.


Empower Yourself with Experienced Divorce Representation: Contact a Lawyer at The Burnham Law Firm

Our team is ready to apply our experience, acumen and knowledge to the complex issues affecting your divorce. To get answers about your options and how we can help you, contact us for a free consultation.

Call (303) 990-5308 or email our firm to set up this meeting and start getting essential information regarding how to protect your rights and interests as you move forward with divorce. We are ready to explain how our comprehensive representation can benefit you in and after divorce.

We also invite you to review our former clients’ testimonials (on this site) for further insights regarding our dedication, high-quality representation and record of success.

From multiple offices in Colorado, we provide exceptional counsel to clients throughout the Denver metro area and the state of Colorado.