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The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is filed, what happens next?

The Colorado courts have a strict process when handling Dissolution of Marriage matters. Upon filing for Dissolution of Marriage you will be required to adhere to the following rules and procedures.

  1. Your spouse must be personally served pursuant to C.R.C.P. 4 and, once your spouse is properly served, you will be required to file an Affidavit of Service with the Court.
  2. Both parties must follow the rules of the Temporary Injunction pursuant to C.R.C.P. §14-10-107.
  3. Both parties will be required to attend an Initial Status Conference.
  4. Both parties must file a Sworn Financial Statement and Certificate of Compliance with the court within 42 days of service and provide the other spouse a copy of their financial disclosures.
  5. If you have children, both parties are required to take a parenting class.
  6. You will be required to attend mediation except in certain situations.
  7. If you are unable to reach an agreement during mediation, you will be required to attend a contested hearing.

This is a brief overview of what to expect after filing for Dissolution of Marriage, depending on the facts of your case you may want to request a Temporary Orders Hearing to establish temporary parenting time and support. Or you may require expert evaluations for your home, business, parenting time, finances, etc. It is important to understand that every case is different and what may have worked for your friends, family, or even prior marriage may not work for the current matter. Meeting with an experienced attorney to determine what your case will require will prepare you for the months ahead. The family law team at the Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC understands the nuances of family law and the potential issues that may arise. Call (719) 328-1616 to book your ½ hour-free consultation today.

Counties serviced: El Paso, Douglas, Denver, Teller, and Pueblo County.

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