Legal Separation in Colorado Springs, CO
For many couples, the first step toward getting a divorce is to file a petition for legal separation. There are many reasons why you may file for separation before filing for divorce. First, legal separation offers the opportunity to test out terms for a divorce without the finality of a dissolution of marriage. Once you divorce, after all, you will have to abide by the terms of the final decree of dissolution, and petitioning for a modification to court orders can be a considerable challenge.
If your religious convictions prohibit divorce, then legal separation makes it possible for you to effectively end the marriage without violating your beliefs. There is also the possibility that you and your spouse still want to save the marriage but would prefer to work on the relationship without the pressure of living in close quarters. Legal separation can provide the parameters for such a trial arrangement. Finally, if you have lived in Colorado for less than 90 days, legal separation enables you to bring about the conditions of divorce while you wait to meet the residency requirement.
Legal Separation Agreements in Colorado Springs
When you legally separate, you and your spouse will have to work out agreements concerning the division of your shared assets and parental responsibilities. Your spouse can accept your terms for separation, or the two of you can negotiate a mutually acceptable arrangement. The agreement will address a number of subjects, including the division of assets and debts, the payment of spousal support,
If, after a period of weeks or months, you find that these terms are untenable or are making life unnecessarily difficult, then it may be possible to petition the court for a modification to the agreement. After six months, a legal separation may be converted to a decree of dissolution of marriage. To learn more about the process and take your first steps toward legally separating from your spouse, contact us now at Clawson & Clawson, LLP for a free consultation.