The timeline for getting a divorce in Arvada, Wheat Ridge and Jefferson County depends different variables, as everyone's situation is unique, however, the process is the same for everyone in Colorado.
Step 1: Filing the Petition for Divorce in Jefferson County
In Jefferson County, one party will have to begin the divorce process by filing the Petition for Divorce. This document notifies the court that a new case is being filed, so it can be assigned a case number. The petition includes the following information:
- Name and address of both parties
- Location and date of marriage
- Name and address of children
- Amount of time you have lived in the state and the county you are filing for divorce in
- Initial requests regarding child custody, visitation, finances, and property
Step 2: Serving the Petition of Divorce to Your Spouse in Wheat Ridge or Golden
The spouse who filled out the Petition for Divorce, must have a copy of the Petition served on the other party. This can be served to the person directly, or through the person's attorney using a process server.
Step 3: Temporary Orders Issued by the Judge
Based on the information provided in the Petition for Divorce, the judge may issue temporary orders to cover the time before the divorce is finalized. These temporary orders usually address:
- Child custody and visitation
- Spousal maintenance / alimony
- Bill payment
- Who lives in primary residence
- Any other immediate concerns
Step 4: Responding to the Divorce Petition
The spouse who was served the Petition for Divorce has a right to respond to the petition. If there are no disagreements to the terms or if the spouse chooses not to respond, the divorce is considered uncontested. If there are terms the spouse disagrees with, then a response is filed and the divorce is considered contested.
Step 5: Negotiations and Mediation - Working Out Terms Outside of Court
Both parties are given the opportunity to work out the contested issues through their attorneys and / or with a mediator. The court may schedule status conferences, mediation, and evaluations to help everyone come to agreements.
Step 6: Going Before the Judge for Hearing
If the issues cannot be resolved through the negotiations and mediations, then the decision will be up to the judge and you will have a hearing on the contested issues.
Step 7: Decree of Divorce
You will receive the legal document issued by the judge officially acknowledging your divorce. It explains all the rights and responsibilities of each party.
If you are getting a divorce, contact the Pearman Law Firm at 720-259-9528 or toll free at 888-835-6339.
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