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If you or someone you know are planning to file for a divorce, speak to our experienced attorneys for the best legal advice on how to progress further.

Divorce is always a challenging experience both for you and your family. Getting legal advice from a divorce lawyer can make this process much easier. Working with an experienced team of divorce lawyers and real estate attorney helps you meet court demands thoroughly and protects your best interests in issues of child custody, child support, alimony, or complex property division.

A dissolution of marriage requires a thorough exchange of information and legal forms, which can be challenging to complete on your own, especially as emotions are running high. These forms include a Petition with the Court, a Summons, and financial records such as an affidavit of financial affairs, W-2s, income, and tax return information. Therefore, it is best to hire a good family law divorce attorney.  

scissors cutting a marriage certificate; depicting the importance of an divorce attorney

Is Colorado a 50/50 State Divorce?

In Colorado, marital property is not divided on an even basis; rather it is divided on an equitable basis. The courts in Colorado look at various factors before determining. A top-rated family divorce lawyer will answer all your questions. The procedure of division of property during a divorce is stated under Section 14-10-113 of the Colorado Revised Statutes. This applies to the marital property acquired during the marriage.

How is Alimony Calculated in Colorado?

Alimony is a payment that is made by a higher-earning spouse to ensure that a lower-earning spouse isn’t deprived during or after a divorce. Colorado law allows judges to use a formula to determine the right amount. It allows a monthly payment to the lower earner. The amount is 40% of the higher earner’s monthly income, but it is adjusted gross income minus 50% of the lower earner’s adjusted gross income. Our divorce law firm provides you a chance to fight for the rightful alimony.

Understanding the Divorce Mediation Process

The divorce process follows a few steps. If you and your spouse agree to all terms, you will have to wait for a 90-day-period for the dissolution of marriage. You can file a joint petition if you both agree on most of the terms. However, if you can’t agree then you should immediately seek advice from your attorney. This way, you will file the petition and serve it to your spouse. They will have 21 days to respond. Within 42 days of filing the petition, the attorneys and spouses meet the judge for an initial status conference. Colorado requires both spouses to exchange all financial information within 42 days; the rule is known as "Rule 16.2 disclosure" and at this time parties can ask for a temporary order hearing. If the parties don’t agree then the case will go on permanent orders hearing, known as a trial. An experienced lawyer can help you throughout the process of divorce mediation.

Note that a military family can also request the help of a specialized military divorce lawyer. 

Colorado has established special divorce mediation procedures for such cases. They require a Sorenson hearing [In re the Marriage of Sorensen, 166 P.3d 254 (Colo. App. 2007)] as to when a guardian ad litem is to be appointed for the mentally challenged spouse. The courts require a special review of any settlement or the outcome. The divorce lawyers at Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor have experience in Sorensen hearings and Sorensen-type cases.

Can You Get a Divorce Without a Lawyer?

You can get a divorce without a divorce attorney. However, your attorney will ensure that your legal rights are protected and you attain the benefits you deserve. If the divorce is reasonably straightforward (for example, it’s an uncontested divorce, meaning that both parties agree on all of the divorce-related issues), you can fill out and file a divorce on your own.

filing divorce papers prepared by the divorce lawyer; wedding rings placed on the papers

How to Get a Divorce?

To get a divorce in Colorado, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • One of the spouses should be a resident of Colorado for at least 91 days before filing the petition
  • Since the summons was served on the other spouse, 91 days have passed
  • Colorado must have jurisdiction over the respondent spouse
  • Colorado should be the home state of the children for at least 181 days.

Fathers' rights are well protected under the law.

woman signing divorce papers prepared by family divorce lawyer; wedding rings are on the table

Eagle County & Summit County Divorce Lawyers 

At Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor, you can expect fair, thorough, and devoted representation. We offer legal advice in and around the following areas:

  • Frisco, CO 
  • Edwards, CO 
  • Eagle County, CO 
  • Avon, CO 

Our best divorce lawyers ensure that your legal rights are protected. We appreciate the complexity of dissolution of marriages and separation cases from a legal, economic, and emotional standpoint. Be sure that you achieve the result the law says you deserve.

What Our Clients Say

  • Glenn
    100% satisfied! Steven represented me for a child custody case and he was very professional and very educated! Not only did he do his job, but it was also obvious that he truly cares about the law and your rights as a parent. Child custody cases are very...
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  • Brian
    Mr. O’Connor was very knowledgeable and professional in handling my case, and I would recommend him to anyone needing legal advice in the future.
  • Lauren Butler
    I have known and worked with Courtney for years. In all my experiences with her, she has never been anything but professional, kind, and intelligent. She's always the most prepared and well-researched person in the room and is therefore generally one...
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  • Yana Welton
    It was a pleasure to work with Steven and Courtney! They are an excellent example of a group of qualified professionals!
  • Julie
    Courtney helped me out immensely. I hired her to write a lease, and I got so much more. She advised me in areas that I didn't understand, was extremely thorough and patient. She went above and beyond what was asked of her. I trust her and am extremely...
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  • Bridget Bose
    Courtney Edwards was a pleasure to work with. In fact, everyone in the company was so helpful in helping my parents prepare their wills. It can be a dark topic but they were professional and kind.
  • Melody
    Steven handled a Guardianship case for me, I needed to get custody of my grandsons due to an issue with their parents. He was professional, determined and knew what was needed to win this case. I can't thank him enough for what he did, my grandsons are...
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  • Kyle
    Steven was very thorough, made important suggestions and promptly answered any questions I had while preparing my will. Highly recommend.

Get in Touch with Our High Country Law Firm Today!

If you have legal issues or questions, call us today. Our attorneys provide consultations to inform you about the law and will explain what we can do for you, if you decide you need an attorney to assist with your case.
970-668-1678
  • Summit County Office

    975 North Ten Mile Drive, P.O. Box 1829
    Frisco, CO80443
  • Eagle County Office

    56 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit 121, Suite 1
    Edwards, CO81632