Colorado Divorce Laws 1

In: Colorado

Divorce Law Basics in the State of Colorado

Also See: Colorado Marriage Laws

Statute: Colorado State Divorce Code (Title 14, Article 10, Sections 101 to 133)

No-Fault Grounds:

  • Irretrievable breakdown

At-Fault Grounds: Colorado does not allow any at-fault allegations.

Residency: Either party must be a resident for ninety days prior to filing.

Legal Separation Recognized? Yes

Counseling Requirements: The court may order divorcing parents to attend special education classes regarding the impact of legal separation and divorce on children.

Property Distribution : Colorado relies on “equitable distribution” so the court will distribute the marital property “in an equitable manner” if the parties can’t agree on their own. Separate property (property acquired prior to the marriage, as a gift or through inheritance) is not included in property distribution.

Alimony : Alimony may be awarded to either party and is at the discretion of the judge. Separate property is not considered in alimony awards.


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