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The Divorce Process

The process is the same whether filing for a legal separation or divorce. A "petition" and "summons" are filed at the court by one spouse, his/her attorney, or jointly by both spouses. The Petition states the names and ages of the husband, wife, and all children born or adopted during the marriage; when and where you were married, and when you separated; that the residence requirement has been satisfied; and that your marriage should be dissolved. It asks the Court to divide the property, allocate parental responsibility, child support, maintenance, attorney's fees, and court costs.

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Residency Requirement

Prior to filing the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation, either the husband or the wife must have resided in Colorado for ninety (90) days.

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Service of Process

After the Petition is filed, the other spouse must receive proper notification. A copy of the Petition can be hand-delivered or a Waiver can be signed after receiving a copy of the Petition by another means. The Waiver simply acknowledges receipt of a copy of the Petition.