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Colorado Divorce Law

Divorce Laws in Colorado

According to Colorado divorce laws, you do not need to prove grounds in order to receive a divorce. Under this concept, you may state that there is an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is known as a no-fault divorce. Additionally, one of the spouses must have resided in Colorado for 90 days prior to filing the petition of divorce in CO.

Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Colorado

Colorado is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce laws in Colorado this means that the marital property must be divided fairly or equitably and without regard to marital fault. Separate property, or property owned prior to the marriage, shall be retained by the owning spouse.

Maintenance can be awarded to either the husband or wife according to Colorado divorce laws, when either spouse is unable to reasonably provide for him/herself. Such factors as the length of the marriage and the prior standard of living shall be considered in determining the amount and duration to be paid.

Colorado Child Support and Child Custody

The main focus in determining child custody, according to Colorado divorce law, is the best interest of the children. However, under CO divorce laws, the parents may submit a parenting plan with the request for joint custody. Visitation rights are typically awarded to the non custodial parent.

Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parentsí income paid to assist with the support of his children) is determined by the Income Shares model, based on the gross income of both parents as set forth by divorce law in Colorado. Expect to pay child support until the age of 18 or until the child is a high school graduate.

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