Divorce (CO)

Denver-Boulder Area Divorce Attorneys

The fact that divorce is common does not make it any less traumatic for the people going through the process. It can have serious financial effects and a lasting emotional impact, especially when children are involved. That's why it's so important to work with a divorce lawyer who will take the time to understand your views and goals and who is committed to protecting your interests.

"When it was all a blur Diane guided me through the ugliness." — a client

Protecting Your Interests in Contested and Uncontested Divorce

At the Lakewood law office of Diane S. Freed, P.C., we strive to make the divorce process as painless as possible, both emotionally and financially. We handle divorces ranging from annulments and simple, uncontested marital dissolutions, to hotly contested cases in Colorado divorce court. When you need an experienced divorce lawyer, call 303-500-8865 or contact us by e-mail to schedule an appointment.

A Few Facts about Colorado Divorce

What are the grounds for divorce in Colorado? Colorado is a "no fault" divorce state. In a "no fault" divorce, neither one of the parties has to be at fault for the marital breakup. All that is required is for one party to allege that the marriage is irretrievably broken because of irreconcilable differences or incompatibility.

Is there a residency requirement? In Colorado, at least one member of the couple must have resided in the state for at least 90 days. If the other spouse does not reside in Colorado, the divorce is still valid in all fifty states. However, child custody (parental responsibilities) and child support orders, spousal maintenance (alimony), and property settlements may not be enforced in other states unless the nonresident spouse consented to the jurisdiction of the Colorado court over their divorce.

If we need to separate property or make decisions about parenting time, do we have to go to family court? While your divorce settlement agreement and parental responsibilities (child custody) agreement will need to be affirmed by the court, you do not need the family court judge to make these important decisions for you. The divorce attorneys at Diane S. Freed, P.C., are skilled at collaborative law, mediation, and neutral case evaluation. You can use these alternative dispute resolution options to work with your former partner to arrive at agreements that work for you and your children.

Do I need an attorney for a simple, uncontested divorce? Even in cases where you believe you are in full agreement and there is no property to divide or children to consider, it is always wise to have an attorney review or prepare your final written agreement before submitting it to the Court. This ensures your paperwork is done accurately, and your lawyer can make you aware of the legal ramifications of your agreement. It is more difficult to modify a decree than to do it right the first time.

When you're ready to move ahead with a divorce, property division, spousal maintenance or child support matter, contact the Lakewood law office of Diane S. Freed, P.C. We are happy to assist you.