Often times, you will hear people refer to a family lawyer as a divorce lawyer, but that is rarely the case. Any reputable attorney specializing in divorce will also have a solid understanding of the entire family court system. That’s because family law is about much more than divorce.
Colorado divorce attorneys often consult with people who don’t need full representation in some divorce matters, but in other areas they require the help of an experienced attorney. One example of this might be where you and your ex-spouse have agreed on the division of assets, but you are in disagreement about your parenting plan and child support. In cases like these, Colorado courts do allow you to use an attorney to draft your pleadings and represent you in court for some matters, while leaving other issues in your hands.
In most of Colorado’s judicial districts, it is required that the parties in a divorce action both attend mediation prior to being scheduled for a trial. First, you will receive an Order for Mediation from the family court in your jurisdiction. You will usually have about 7-10 days to get in touch with a Court-Appointed Mediator, whose contact information will be included in the court order.
In a no-fault state like Colorado, "irretrievable breakdown" is the only grounds for a divorce. This occurs when one spouse in a marriage refuses to live with the other and does not plan to seek reconciliation. Colorado courts seldom, if ever, ask about whether the marriage has actually broken down. Rather, they routinely grant a divorce as long as the party who filed for divorce claims that the marriage has fallen apart.
We are sometimes asked about annulment as an alternative to Divorce. Divorce Lawyers in Colorado Springs at The Marrison Family Law LLC handle the annulment or the divorce in Colorado. In other words, divorce law in Colorado Springs includes the potential of setting aside a marriage rather than ending it.
Colorado requires mediation, i.e. a settlement conference, in every divorce, unless the parties have reached a complete agreement on every issue, or unless there is domestic violence involved. Formal mediation is a negotiation process with the assistance of a mediator, usually a lawyer skilled in the process of "getting to yes."