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Our support staff will always give each individual customer personal attention should they have difficulty. We have both e-mail and phone support. This being said, prior to issuing a refund, we reserve the right to meet any courts requests regarding changes to the documents. You can read more about this in our terms and ciondiations
Colorado Residency Requirements
The district court shall enter a decree of dissolution of marriage when: The court finds that one of the parties has been domiciled in this state for ninety days next preceding the commencement of the proceeding. The dissolution of marriage may be filed in the county in which the petitioner or respondent reside. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-106)
Colorado Divorce Grounds:
The only grounds for dissolution of marriage in Colorado is based on the court finding that the marriage is irretrievably broken. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-106)
Colorado Property and Debt Division
If the parties can not enter an agreement regarding the distribution of the marital property, the court shall set apart to each spouse his or her property and shall divide the marital property, without regard to marital misconduct, in such proportions as the court deems just after considering all relevant factors including: (1) The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of a spouse as homemaker; (2) The value of the property given to each spouse in the property award; (3) The economic circumstances of each spouse at the time the division of property is to become effective, including the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live therein for reasonable periods to the spouse with whom any children reside the majority of the time; and (4) Any increases or decreases in the value of the separate property of the spouse during the marriage or the depletion of the separate property for marital purposes.
Colorado Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
Maintenance order by the court and entered at the time of permanent orders shall be in such amounts and for such periods of time as the court deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, and after considering all relevant factors including: (1) The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance; (2) The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment and that party's future earning capacity; (3) The standard of living during the marriage; (4) The length of the marriage; (5) The age and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; and (6) The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-114, 14-10-117)
Colorado Custody and Visitation:
The court may, upon the motion of either party or upon its own motion, appoint an attorney, in good standing and licensed to practice law in the state of Colorado, to serve as the legal representative of the child, representing the best interests of the child in any domestic relations proceeding that involves allocation of parental responsibilities. The court, upon the motion of either party or upon its own motion, may make provisions for custody and parenting time that the court finds are in the child's best interests In determining the best interests of the child for purposes of custody and parenting time, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including: (I) The wishes of the child's parents as to parenting time; (II) The wishes of the child if he or she is sufficiently mature to express reasoned and independent preferences as to the parenting time schedule; (III) The interaction and interrelationship of the child with his or her parents, his or her siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interests; (IV) The child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community; (V) The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, except that a disability alone shall not be a basis to deny or restrict parenting time; (VI) The ability of the parties to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other party; (VII) Whether the past pattern of involvement of the parties with the child reflects a system of values, time commitment, and mutual support; (VIII) The physical proximity of the parties to each other as this relates to the practical considerations of parenting time; (IX) Whether one of the parties has been a perpetrator of child abuse or neglect under section 18-6-401, C.R.S., or under the law of any state, which factor shall be supported by credible evidence; (X) Whether one of the parties has been a perpetrator of spouse abuse as defined in subsection (4) of this section, which factor shall be supported by credible evidence; (XI) The ability of each party to place the needs of the child ahead of his or her own needs. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-20-123, 14-20-124, 14-20-129)
Colorado Child Support:
In a proceeding for dissolution of marriage, legal separation, maintenance, or child support, the court may order either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to pay an amount reasonable or necessary for the child's support and may order an amount determined to be reasonable under the circumstances for a time period that occurred after the date of the parties' physical separation or the filing of the petition or service upon the respondent, whichever date is latest, and prior to the entry of the support order, without regard to marital misconduct, after considering all relevant factors including: (1) The financial resources of the child; (2) The financial resources of the parents; (3) The standard of living the child would have enjoyed had the marriage not been terminated; (4) The health of the child and his educational needs; and (5) The financial resources and needs of the noncustodial parent. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-115, 14-10-117)
How Do I Know if I Should File in Colorado?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
How Much Are the Colorado Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Colorado?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Colorado?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Colorado?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Colorado. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in court.
With 3StepDivorce TM you will complete and print your Colorado divorce forms (including a marital settlement agreement) instantly. Then, follow our step-by-step filing for divorce in Colorado procedures to file your paperwork in a timely, professional, and hassle free fashion. The online software is designed to give you full control of your divorce and also avoids the use of third party data entry, thus helping protect your personal information and privacy. If you're not ready to file for divorce, learn more about getting your Separation Agreement or learn more about the basics of divorce in Colorado and how to do your own divorce in Colorado . Also, If you have any questions try visiting our Colorado Divorce Online Help Center .
Filing for divorce can seem overwhelming. Like starting almost any other legal proceeding, it takes finding the right forms, filling out the forms properly, and understanding the court’s requirements for the next steps you’ll need to take.
Traditionally, most people have hired a lawyer to take care of all the legal matters in their divorce. But more and more couples are turning to a much cheaper option that’s still easier than figuring out everything on their own: filing for divorce online.
If you want to know more, read on for answers to some of the most common questions about online divorce in Colorado.
Colorado 3StepDivorce™ takes care of the divorce paperwork for you. Once you sign up for the service, you’ll answer some questions about your situation. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, Colorado 3StepDivorce™ will fill out the forms the state requires to start the divorce process, along with instructions for adding any further information that’s needed. You’ll be able to print out the forms yourself immediately or, if you prefer, get hard copies by mail.
Colorado has two basic requirements to file for divorce (known as “dissolution of marriage”) in the state: a residency requirement, and a legally recognized reason for ending your marriage.
Either you or your spouse must have had your main, permanent home in Colorado for at least 91 days just before you file for divorce. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 14-10-106 (2021).)
Colorado has only one legal reason (or “ground”) for divorce—that your marriage is “irretrievably broken,” meaning there’s no reasonable chance of fixing it. If you want to get an uncontested divorce (more on that below), you and your spouse must agree this is the case. Otherwise, a judge would have to look at the evidence and decide whether your marriage is in fact beyond repair.
Many Colorado residents are finding that they can file for divorce and get through the process without the expense of hiring a lawyer if they’re filing for an “uncontested divorce” in the state. That means that they’ve agreed with each other about all of the legal issues in their divorce, including:
If you still have disagreements with your spouse about these or any other issues involved in ending your marriage, you’ll have to file for a traditional, contested divorce. Because that will involve legal battles and presenting evidence and arguments at court hearings, it would be risky to pursue a contested divorce without a lawyer to navigate the process for you—especially if your spouse has an attorney.
You may use Colorado 3StepDivorce™ as long as you have an uncontested divorce and meet the state’s residency requirement. You’ll need to have a written marital settlement agreement (known in Colorado as a “separation agreement,” even if you don’t get a legal separation), signed by both you and your spouse, that covers all of the issues in your divorce. Colorado 3StepDivorce™ will guide you through the process of creating this agreement, based on your answers to the questionnaire.
Colorado 3StepDivorce™ can also help you prepare a separation agreement if you aren’t ready to file for divorce and are interested in a legal separation in Colorado. In that case, you might want to work out arrangements for support, custody of your children, who has to move out of the family home, and how to take care of the bills while you’re separated but still legally married.
Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything in your divorce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try divorce mediation. If you’re able to resolve your disagreements with the mediator’s help, you can then use Colorado 3StepDivorce™ to prepare the written settlement agreement, along with the other divorce paperwork.
Generally, you can use Colorado 3StepDivorce™ even when you have minor children with your spouse, as long as you agree on all of the issues related to your kids, including legal and physical custody, a parenting (visitation) schedule, child support, health and dental insurance, and tax deductions. Colorado 3StepDivorce™ will allow you to address these issues in your settlement agreement. We provide a standard parenting schedule, but you’ll have an option of customizing the schedule to meet your individual needs.
However, you won’t be able to address custody-related issues with Colorado 3StepDivorce™ if the affected child or children don’t meet the “home state” requirement. Usually, that means the child must have lived in Colorado with a parent (or a parent figure) for at least 182 days before you file for divorce (or since birth if the child is younger than that). If you don’t meet the 182-day rule, you should speak with an attorney to find out whether you might qualify for one of the complicated exceptions. (Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 14-13-102, 14-13-201 (2022).)
In Colorado, both parents have an obligation to support their children. And like all states, Colorado has child support guidelines for calculating how much support the parents should pay, based largely on their incomes and custody arrangements.
3StepDivorce™ provides the Colorado Child Support Guideline Worksheets, so you can easily calculate the state's guideline level of support. You and your spouse may agree to an amount of child support that differs from the guideline amount, but the judge will review your agreement to determine if the amount of support is in your children’s best interests.
In your settlement agreement, you and your spouse may include child support provisions that aren’t legally required, such as a parent’s contributions to private school tuition or the cost of a child’s college education. You may also agree on some specific questions like which parent will claim the children as dependents on tax returns.
After your divorce in Colorado is final, you (or your spouse) may request a change in the amount of child support, but you’ll need to prove to a judge that your circumstances have changed to such an extent that the previous amount of child support is unfair, and that the changes are ongoing. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 14-10-122(1) (2022).)If you want to save the time and expense of a contested court hearing over a request to modify child support, you and your spouse may agree to a modification on your own, without having to go through a court hearing. However, if the new amount departs from Minnesota’s child support guidelines, you’ll have to file child support guideline forms, along with an explanation for your agreement, with the court. A judge will review your documents and decide whether to grant or deny the modification. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 14-10-115(14) (2022).)
When you fill out your questionnaire for Colorado 3StepDivorce™, you’ll answer a series of questions about your separate and marital property and debts, including how you’ll divide your marital property and allocate responsibility for payment of the marital debts.
If you own a home with your spouse, your agreement can spell out what will happen to it when you get divorced. Here again, the questionnaire will include a few questions about the property and how you’ve chosen to deal with it, such as:
In your Colorado 3StepDivorce™, you may also agree on whether and how you’ll divide any retirement accounts that you and your spouse have, including 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and defined-benefit pensions.
If you started contributing to the retirement plan before you were married, you’ll start by figuring out how much of its current value is marital property and how much is your separate property. There are experts and firms that will do this for you (for a fee, of course). The service is usually known as a pension appraisal or valuation. You’ll almost always need this kind of expert help when you’re dealing with a defined-benefit pension.
Once you know the marital value of your work-related retirement accounts, the easiest way to handle the division of the assets is not to split them but to transfer other assets as an offset. Here’s how that works: Say you have a 401(k) through your job, and the marital portion of the account is worth $100,000. If you and your spouse agree to divide that portion down the middle, and you have other marital assets to divide (such as a regular savings account), your spouse could receive an extra $50,000 from those assets while you keep the entire 401(k). That way, you don’t have to hire another expert to prepare the kind of special order that’s needed to tell the 401(k) administrator how to divide the account.
The rules are different for IRAs. You may simply agree to have your spouse’s share transferred to another IRA account in that spouse’s name. (You’ll have to submit a special form to the bank, along with a copy of your divorce decree.)
You and your spouse may waive any right to spousal support in your Colorado divorce, or you may agree on the specifics of alimony payments: who will pay, how much, and for how long. Your agreement may also state whether spousal support can be modified in the future, and it could cover related issues like health insurance and life insurance.
Once you have your completed forms, your next step will be to file the paperwork with the court clerk's office in the county where you or your spouse lives. You may file the documents in person at the courthouse or file the forms electronically. (Learn more about the process of filing for divorce in Colorado.)
Colorado courts charge a fee for filing divorce papers ($230 as of 2022). There’s also an additional fee for using the state’s eFiling system.
If you can’t afford the filing fees, you may apply for a waiver. You might be able to pay the fees in installments if the court determines that you don’t qualify for a fee waiver based on your income.
Uncontested divorces are much quicker than contested divorces. If you don’t have children and meet the other qualifications with an Affidavit for Decree Without Appearance of Parties, you may not even have to attend a final court hearing. With or without a hearing, however, the judge may not enter your final “decree of dissolution of marriage” until at least 91 days after you filed your joint petition with the court. (Colo. Rev. Stat. § 14-10-106 (2022).)
Colorado 3StepDivorce™ provides unlimited, live, person-to-person support for customers. If you have any questions about how uncontested divorce works, call our Colorado Divorce Online Help Center at (888) 665-6782 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and so cannot give out legal advice. If you have questions about Colorado law or need legal advice, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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