Colorado’s no-fault divorce laws allow persons to get a divorce even without proving fault by their spouse. You do not have to provide evidence that your spouse was at fault to get a divorce. All you need to prove is that the marriage is irretrievably broken and that you are not able to continue living together in a marital relationship.
That may seem simple enough, but there are many aspects related to a divorce that you need to iron out before the divorce is settled. For instance, there are issues of assets and property division as well as division of debts and liabilities that must be completed. You must agree on any spousal maintenance that will be paid out to the lower-earning spouse. You need to determine issues of child custody, including who will be the primary parent, and must draft a parenting plan for the noncustodial parent. You also need to determine the child support payments that will be set.
On your own, you may be in a hurry to get the divorce settled as quickly as possible, and may agree to terms and conditions that are very unfair to you. With a divorce attorney on your side, you will avoid making mistakes that can jeopardize your finances or your long-term relationship with your children. Remember, divorce attorneys have seen the dissolution of hundreds of marriages, know all the thorny issues that may emerge during negotiations and can advise you accordingly.
You may also need a divorce attorney to help you when you want to make any modifications to your divorce decree. Remember, these modifications are not easily done, and the court will not agree to make changes to your child custody agreement if you need one down the road. An attorney can help guide you through the process.