Divorce in Colorado: Can You Do it Yourself?

divorce papersGetting a divorce is never easy, as it weighs down on the emotional, physical, and financial aspects of a person’s life. In fact, it even extends to other members of the family. As such, getting valuable information and help can go a long way in making the process less painful and tedious.

In Boulder, CO, The Burnham Law Firm, P.C. and other family law experts has been shedding some light on the various laws that govern divorce proceedings. This way, you’ll know what to expect and do in case you find yourself in one.

Do-It-Yourself Divorce

Believe it or not, you can do your own divorce process in Colorado. It’s only a matter of spending time learning the ins and outs of the process, as well as filling out the forms properly. The question is, should you? Although you can go through the whole process without the assistance of a lawyer, it’s still best to consult one so they can review everything.

Keep in mind that a DIY divorce is not for everyone. There are some criteria that must be met first before you can take this path. These include the following:

  • You and your spouse agree on everything that has to do with the settlement.
  • You have had a short marriage and your assets and debts are simple and clearly defined (i.e. no family business, trust funds, difficult-to-value assets, hidden assets, and others).
  • Maintenance is a non-issue, which means the subject of alimony will not be discussed because both parties have relatively equal incomes.
  • You don’t have any children, or if you do, you have already both agreed on a parenting plan that covers even the kids’ future.
  • Of course, you need to be in Colorado to do this.

Military Divorce

When a spouse is either an active duty member of the military or a retiree, the divorce proceedings become somewhat complicated and will usually need the assistance of a military divorce lawyer who has specialized knowledge of the military family law.

When a military member is involved in a divorce, other considerations come into play, such as jurisdiction over service members, the rules over military retirement division, and access to military benefits.

Getting a divorce in Colorado, or in any state for that matter, can be a tough experience for all parties concerned including immediate family members. With enough research and help from legal experts, you can get through the whole experience without any additional hurt.