Also See: Colorado Marriage Laws
Statute: Colorado State Divorce Code (Title 14, Article 10, Sections 101 to 133)
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.
MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW HAS RECENTLY BEEN HOSPITALIZED FOR A MENTAL BREAK (SEPTEMBER 2010). SHE ALSO WAS PUT ON HALDOL AND DEPAKOTE FOR TREATMENT OF PSYCHOSIS/DELUSIONS.THREE WEEKS AGO SHE TOLD THE FAMILY THAT SHE NO LONGER NEEDS THE MEDICINE AND IS NOT UNDER DOCTORS CARE. TODAY SHE TOLD MY HUSBAND AND I THAT SHE HAS STIGMATA ON HER HANDS AND FEET AND WEARS SOCKS BECAUSE HER FEET BLEED LIKE JESUS’ DID.SHE ALSO CONFESSED TO CONTINUING TO SMOKE MARIJUANA. WE ARE EXTREMELY CONCERNED BECAUSE SHE HAS UNSUPERVISED VISITS WITH THE TWO CHILDREN AGES 3 AND 6. MY SON HAS FILED FOR DIVORCE AT HIS WIFES REQUEST ON SEPT 28, 2010. HE ALSO REQUESTED EMERGENCY CUSTODY AT THAT TIME, BUT DIDN’T HAVE ANY OF THE PAPERWORK TO BACK UP THE INFORMATION I JUST RELATED ABOVE. HE NOW DOES. ALSO, HE HAS CONTACTED CHILDREN SERVICES AND HAS INVOLVED A CHILD COUNSELOR AT HIS SON’S SCHOOL.SHE HAS BEEN MADE AWARE OF AND INVOLVED IN KEEPING THE CHILDREN SAFE. WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE TO HAVE THE MOM EXAMINED BY A PROFESSIONAL TO SEE IF SHE IS STABLE ENOUGH TO CONTINUE HAVING THE CHILDREN FOR UNSUPERVISED VISITS AND OVERNIGHTS AND THAT SHE IS NOT ON DRUGS?