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At M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C., we know that our clients are facing one of the most difficult circumstances of their lives. You will probably be asking very difficult questions in the near future and the answers you receive will help you determine the future of you and your children.

Our Denver family law attorney can answer any of your questions to help you make informed decisions in order to obtain the best case result possible. Divorce in Colorado can be very complex and is best handled with the experienced and knowledgeable assistance of our firm. After reading through the questions and answers below, contact our firm for the legal assistance you need!

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?
Legal separation is similar to divorce in that the individual's legal and physical lives will be separated. At the end of a legal separation, however, you and your spouse will still be married. With divorce, your marital status is terminated and you are no longer married. The process and laws of legal separation are the same as in divorce. For an in-depth explanation of the difference, visit our full page on the subject.

How do I obtain alimony in Colorado?
Spousal support proceedings in Colorado are based on whether alimony is a reasonable necessity. Alimony is determined by a basic calculation, and therefore, the amount can drastically vary. Many factors will be discussed, such as both parties' ability to support themselves and the standard of living during the course of the marriage. If divorcing couples can agree on how much alimony should be paid and to whom, the court will not be involved.

What are the grounds for divorce in Colorado?
Colorado is a no-fault state, which means that courts do not consider either spouse's misconduct or fault when deciding whether the divorce should be granted. Irretrievable breakdown is the only ground for divorce that the state will recognize. If the couple cannot get along and reconciliation is not an option, the divorce will likely be granted.

How is property distributed?
In Colorado, a divorcing couple can decide how property should be divided and have it documented with a separation agreement. In cases in which they cannot agree, the case will be taken to court and the judge can decide how property will be divided for that situation. Both parties' property will be separated based on what is considered marital property and what is separate property. Only marital property will be fairly divided.

How much will my divorce cost?
For a divorce, courts will charge fees for filing your petition for dissolution of marriage. Currently, the filing fee is $195. Any other added petitions or motions in the divorce proceeding will result in additional fees. If you and your spouse can agree on every term of the divorce, the cost of the divorce will be less expensive.

The cost of your divorce will be increased if no issues are able to be resolved through negotiation and must be handled by the court. With the assistance of an attorney, we can help you pursue divorce in the most cost efficient manner possible. Some forms of divorce are less expensive. Collaborative divorce cases can save money by helping you avoid many court fees.

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After browsing through the questions and answers listed above, we hope that you have developed a basic understanding of the divorce process as it exists in Colorado. We have provided answers to general questions that are commonly asked about the overall process of divorce and other aspects of family law. For more in-depth and specific answers about your situation, however, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with our firm.

Contact M. Trent Trani & Associates, P.C. today for the legal assistance you need!