Learn Everything About Colorado Divorce Forms
When going through a divorce in Colorado, it is crucial to inform yourself of the papers you will need for the process. If you and your spouse plan to end your marriage in a friendly way, you should file for an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce comes with many benefits but also a particular set of documents.
DoNotPay has the essential information about Colorado divorce forms and can tell you where to find and file them. We will also help you create a divorce settlement agreement.
Most of the divorce papers you need in Colorado are the same regardless of the county you live in, but there might be slight differences. This also depends on whether you are the one filing the papers (the petitioner) and whether you have children.
You can find the forms on the Colorado Judicial Branch website. Here are the forms the petitioner needs to collect and complete in most counties:
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation (Form JDF 1101)
- Summons for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation (Form JDF 1102)
- Sworn Financial Statement (Form JDF 1111)
- Parenting Plan (JDF 1113)—if you have children
The spouse being served the papers (the respondent) needs to complete the Response (Form JDF 1103). If you and your spouse wish to avoid going to court, you can submit an Affidavit for Decree without Appearance of Parties (JDF 1201) together.
You have to meet certain requirements to file for an uncontested divorce in the Centennial State. You and your spouse need to:
- Have lived in Colorado for more than 90 days (at least one of you)
- Agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken
- Have a divorce settlement agreement that states your decisions regarding property division, child custody, visitation, and alimony
A divorce settlement agreement is a staple of an uncontested divorce. It makes the entire process go more quickly and easily.
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DoNotPay has some additional information about divorces you could find useful, such as:
- What mediation in divorce is
- How an out-of-court divorce settlement works
- When you don’t need to hire a divorce lawyer
Even though you can find and complete the necessary forms online in Colorado, the State usually requires that you submit them in person. You can file the forms with the court in the county you or your spouse reside.
If you live in one of the counties listed in the table below, you can file the forms online:
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After you’ve collected and completed the necessary forms, there are a few other steps that you should follow to finalize your divorce. Make sure to:
- Make copies of the forms—You will need copies for yourself, your spouse, and the court
- Serve the forms to your spouse—If you and your spouse file the affidavit for decree as co-petitioners, you do not have to serve a copy of the affidavit to your spouse. In case you are the sole petitioner, you will need to ask your county sheriff to serve your spouse
The judge will decide whether they will grant you the divorce immediately or request that you attend a hearing.
You will have to wait at least 91 days from the moment you file the affidavit to get a decree of dissolution of marriage.
If you are having an uncontested divorce in Colorado, the cost of the process will be lower than with a contested divorce.
For an uncontested divorce, you will have to pay the filing fee for a petition for dissolution of marriage, which is $230. You can count on a higher divorce cost if you hire a lawyer or ask the sheriff to serve the papers to your spouse.
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