First, a court will set aside both spouses’ “separate property” which includes: Next, a court will deal with "marital property" which includes all other property acquired by either spouse after they were married but before separation.
A court will divide the marital property between spouses in a way the court believes is fair, taking into account the following factors: Divorcing spouses can agree on how much alimony (also called “maintenance”) should be paid from one spouse to the other and how long it will continue.
A court’s primary consideration in all custody decisions is the “child’s best interests.” Custody arrangements must fall in line with what’s best for the child, giving top regard to the child’s physical, mental, and emotional conditions and needs. Both parents, whether married or not, are obligated to support their children.
In determining the child’s best interests for purposes of physical custody, a judge must consider all relevant factors, including: The full list of factors can be found in the Colorado statutes at, C. Colorado uses specific guidelines to calculate basic child support.
Colorado courts use a formula based on income to calculate temporary alimony. They must also show that they can’t become self-supporting right away (for example they don’t have the job skills necessary to earn an income that will cover living expenses, or they’re caring for very young children, and the cost of child care outweighs the benefit of working outside of the home).
If a supported spouse qualifies, a court will consider the following factors before issuing a longer-term award: For a complete description of alimony in Colorado, see Understanding and Calculating Alimony in Colorado, by Susan Bishop.
The Judicial Branch State of Colorado website provides access to family law forms and useful information about the divorce process.
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It’s very difficult to predict how much a divorce will cost.
Some couples are able to settle all of their divorce issues without involving attorneys.