How Long Does a Divorce Take in Colorado?

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Divorcing couples are often eager to move on with their life. In Colorado, the length of time it can take to get divorced depends on a combination of mandatory waiting periods and how well a couple can agree on the major terms of the divorce.

Divorce Timetables

The standard divorce process in Colorado starts with one spouse filing for divorce and the other spouse responding to the complaint within 20 days. If there are areas of disagreement regarding property, spousal support, child support or custody, the case must go to trial and it can take several months to exchange information and prepare for court. If parties can agree, the divorce can be resolved much quicker through written agreements. However, in all cases, no divorce will be granted sooner than 90 days from the date the divorce is filed. How soon after that time period a divorce will be finalized depends largely on the court's schedule.


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