Colorado Springs Divorce Lawyer
Considering filing for divorce?
If you are thinking about getting a divorce, then we encourage you to contact us at Clawson & Clawson, LLP for a free consultation to discuss the situation. We understand what a stressful and emotionally charged situation this may be for you and we want to provide you with the steady guidance and compassionate assistance you deserve during this process. Our family law attorneys have more than 90 years of combined experience — experience which we are ready to put to work to defend your best interests throughout your divorce. Take the time now to learn about the basics of divorce, and then contact us to discuss your concerns and get started on your case.
Grounds for Divorce
Colorado law provides the option of "no-fault" divorce, meaning that you do not need to prove that either party is responsible for the failure of the marriage. All that is necessary is to state that the relationship is "irretrievably broken." The only other major requirement is that either you or your spouse has been a resident of this state for at least 90 days prior to filing your petition.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
If you and your spouse have agreed to divorce, then you can both sign the petition for dissolution of marriage. If, on the other hand, your spouse is opposed to the divorce or is not in contact with you, then it will be necessary to serve him or her with a copy of the petition, after which your spouse will have 20 days to file a response and counter-claim. If he or she fails to file a response before the deadline, then the court may rule in your favor in a default judgment.
Staying in Control of Your Divorce
It is impossible to keep a divorce entirely out of the courtroom, but you do have options for protecting your privacy and maintaining control of the proceeding. If you and your spouse are able to work together constructively, an attorney from our firm can assist you with negotiating the terms for an out-of-court settlement. This is referred to as an "uncontested divorce." If, on the other hand, you and your spouse cannot maintain amicable relations, then the divorce will most likely be contested in court. When this happens, your attorney has the task of persuading the judge to rule in your favor on matters including child custody and
visitation, property division, and
spousal support. In either scenario, it is in your best interest to retain legal representation from the outset of the case. Contact us now to learn more about how we can help you. We represent clients in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Parker, and Denver, and we are ready to fight for you!