“The Colorado Divorce Process…”
Colorado divorces are complicated and detailed. The most important analysis before any step is making sure you have the right law firm representing you. Burnham Law regularly receives the highest ratings from clients and fellow attorneys. See Avvo Reviews that show we are who we say we are.
If you are a visual person (like me) then the following may help you understand the Colorado divorce/legal separation process. A lot of the concepts may be foreign to you but that’s why you need to hire an attorney!
- Petition and Case Information Sheet are filed with the District Court.
- Case Management Order issued.
- Petition, Case Information Sheet and Summons personally served upon Respondent.
- Affidavit of Service is filed with the Court
- CRCP 16.2 Financial Disclosures delivered to opposing party
- Parenting Class completed. (42 days after Petition filed)
- Sworn Financial Statement, Certificate of Compliance and Parenting Class filed with the Court
- Initial Status Conference with the Judge or Family Court Facilitator
- Permanent Orders Date usually set
- Identity and Deadlines for Experts set
- PRE (if cannot agree then names submitted to Court – Court chooses)
- CFI (see PRE)
- Business valuations
- Vocational evaluations
- Property appraisals
- Temporary Orders – Parental Responsibilities set
- Temporary Orders – Financial authorized to be set
- Discovery authorized if Court has different procedures (see Weld County)
- Other issues discussed and resolved
- Various Motions with deadlines if applicable
- Initiate Discovery – must be served 63 days prior to Permanent Orders Date
- Expert & Lay Witness Disclosures due 63 days from Permanent Orders Date
- Discovery Responses due 35 days from service
- Rebuttal Expert Report due 21 days after Witnesses disclosed by other party
- Notice of Deposition filed and served 10 days prior to Deposition
- Mediation completed 30 days before Permanent Orders (see Boulder County)
- Trial Management Certificate filed 7-10 days before Permanent Orders date
- Permanent Orders Hearing
The nuances and specific knowledge required to effectively represent a client in a divorce is the difference between competent legal representation and EXCELLENT legal representation.
For a full overview of most factors covered and adjudicated in a Colorado Divorce, contact an attorney at Burnham Law or fill out an initial matter evaluation to request a divorce consultation.