Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does a divorce take?

    If you resolve all issues by written agreement, you may be able to obtain a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage 91 days after the divorce has been filed. If there are contested issues requiring court hearings, the process can take much longer.

  • How much does a divorce cost?

    The cost depends on its complexity and whether those issues can be resolved through settlement or if it requires a court hearing. It is far less expensive to hire a competent attorney to represent you from the outset, rather than after the court enters orders that you want to modify or appeal.

  • How does the court decide custody or parental responsibility?

    The court considers several factors, including where a child will reside, how much time the child will spend with each parent, and how major child-related decisions will be made. In some cases, the court appoints a neutral mental health professional to investigate what is in the best interest of the child and make recommendations to the court.

  • How is property divided?

    In Colorado, marital property is divided fairly. The court determines whether property is separate or marital. It is important to understand that Colorado law recognizes an increase in the value of separate property during the course of a marriage as marital property.

  • What is mediation?

    Mediation is the process of using a neutral third party to help you and your spouse resolve your disputes. A skilled family law mediator can help bridge the gap between what both parties want. Mediation is non-binding, meaning that the mediator does not have the authority to impose an agreement upon the parties.

  • Do I need to have a lawyer at mediation?

    An attorney can help you understand all the legal issues and the ramifications of a proposed settlement. We have encountered cases where parties signed agreements that were not in their best interests because they did not have an attorney present at mediation and didn’t understand the intricacies of the settlement. You should carefully consider all the consequences of a settlement proposal before submitting it to the other party. If you enter settlement negotiations and later retract an offer that you make, settlement can become impossible.