In general, there are five ways a dissolution may occur in Colorado: an uncontested divorce, a mediated divorce, a collaborative divorce, a litigated divorce, and a legal separation. Learn more about the types of divorce in Colorado.
Uncontested Divorce When both spouses agree, this is called an uncontested divorce.
Mediated Divorce This is where a mediator in the form of an objective, third party (usually a lawyer or retired judge) helps a couple make decisions and work toward a resolution for their divorce agreement.
Collaborative Divorce A collaborative divorce is when each spouse has a lawyer that helps them navigate the divorce process, but without having to go to court to achieve a satisfactory outcome for both parties involved.
Litigated Divorce In a litigated divorce, the court will decide how to divide up your property, how to best handle issues like child support and alimony, and how to provide an equitable outcome for both spouses.
Legal Separation This can be a great option for anyone who might not want a divorce yet because of various legal reasons–like health insurance, religious reasons, or tax reasons. After 6 months from the entry of a decree of legal separation, either party can request that the court convert the legal separation to a decree of dissolution.