We reconciled after a legal separation 7 years ago in Colorado. However, we want to divorce now. Can I just petition the court and use the papers from the legal separation, or do I have to start all over again?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Actually, if the legal separation is still in effect, in Colorado you can convert that to a divorce decree by filing a motion to that effect, pursuant to CRS 14-10-120 that states you have sent notice to your spouse that you wish to convert the legal separation to a decree of divorce. Nothing about the decree of legal separation is affected by the reconciliation unless you took steps to dissolve the legal separation. You do not have to file a separate petition for divorce.