Denver Divorce & Separation Lawyers

Treating Your Family Matters with Respect, Honor, and Dignity in Jefferson County, Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and Adams County

Separating from a spouse can be incredibly difficult, from both an emotional and financial standpoint. The sadness, anger, remorse, and other feelings common to divorce situations can cloud your judgment, influencing poor decisions. This is why it is so important to work with a qualified attorney like the experienced and caring professionals at Curtis Law Firm. We have been providing clients with personalized representation for over 10 years, and we will advocate for your best financial interests during a divorce or legal separation, as well as find ways to minimize legal expenses as best as we can. Some law firms will charge you an arm and a leg for legal services, but Curtis Law Firm is committed to making legal services accessible and affordable, especially when you are already in a financial lock with divorce.

Schedule an initial consultation with Curtis Law Firm online or at (720) 408-7726 to get started with quality legal guidance.

 

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Divorce vs. Legal Separation

There are a few core differences between divorce and legal separation. Divorce is a formalized and final process that dissolves any legal spousal partnership between married individuals. Note that to petition for divorce, either spouse must live in Colorado for at least 91 days before filing and should cite the reason (or no-fault) for divorce. From there, the spouses will engage in several methods to negotiate a final divorce settlement dividing all their property, assets, and time with children. After the divorce is finalized, the marriage is terminated and the couple is no longer married.

With legal separation however, the couple will still technically be married. Individuals or couples that feel they can no longer live with a spouse but who feel they are not ready for the finality of divorce, perhaps because of moral, religious, or financial reasons or because of how it may impact their children, may elect to pursue legal separation. 

Legal separation is similar to divorce in that spouses will no longer live together or act as a married couple, but they will remain legally married. As with filing for divorce, to petition for legal separation at least one spouse must meet Colorado’s 91-day residency requirement. Legal separation will also require spouses to create a separation agreement that covers property division, child custody and visitation, and financial concerns like maintaining spousal health insurance, for example. Like a decree of divorce, a decree of legal separation will absolve either party of legal and financial responsibility for the other (including support, debt, taxes, etc.). However, the marriage has not been terminated and the individuals may not remarry other people.

Dispute Resolution Methods

Divorcing or separating couples have a few methods to resolving their disputes over property division, child custody, and other financial concerns. For one, they could pursue mediation. For couples divorcing amicably, mediation is often the best and most affordable solution. Each party and their lawyers will meet with a neutral mediator to resolve issues or disputes to create a divorce agreement that satisfies both parties. This can hasten the divorce process immeasurably and help to preserve positive relations between divorcing spouses and children. Mediation also allows the partners significant decision-making power rather than defaulting to a judge. The mediator’s role is merely to facilitate productive discussion and resolution, not to make any decisions.

If mediation does not work, binding arbitration is another option to avoid going to court and making disputes a matter of public record. As with mediation, a neutral third party (the arbitrator) will hear both sides of the issue and try to help the couple come to an agreeable outcome. This is often much quicker than waiting for a court hearing, which could take months. The major difference between arbitration and mediation is that the arbitrator has the power to make the final decision. The final decision established by the arbitrator is legally binding, so if one or both parties disagree, they have no legal recourse to fight the decision.

The most protracted and expensive option to settle a divorce or separation is litigation. This is a last resort for couples who cannot come to an agreement through mediation and refuse to submit to binding arbitration. In this case, the spouses definitely want the guidance and services of a reputable and experienced divorce attorney like our team at Curtis Law Firm who know the ins and outs of Colorado’s divorce system.

Call Curtis Law Firm at (720) 408-7726 to Discuss Your Situation

Looking ahead at divorce or legal separation proceedings in Denver, CO? Let Curtis Law Firm streamline the legal process for you. We can help you determine whether divorce or legal separation is best for your situation, as well as clarify any concerns you have about either process. We will also help you navigate your divorce negotiations, whether that be mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

For your Denver divorce or legal separation needs, contact Curtis Law Firm online or at (720) 408-7726 today.

Call Curtis Law Firm Today at (720) 408-7726 to Discuss Your Situation

Looking ahead at divorce or legal separation proceedings in Denver, CO? Let Curtis Law Firm streamline the legal process for you. We can help you determine whether divorce or legal separation is best for your situation, as well as clarify any concerns you have about either process. We will also help you navigate your divorce negotiations, whether that be mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

For your Denver divorce or legal separation needs, contact Curtis Law Firm online or at (720) 408-7726 today.

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  • Arapahoe County Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • National Association  of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

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