Divorce in Castle Rock: FAQs
The more informed you are going into the divorce process, the more empowered you will be to make the best decisions for you, your family, and your future.
How Long Do I Have to Reside in Castle Rock Before I Can File for Divorce?
In Castle Rock and throughout Colorado, the residency requirement for divorce is 90 days.
That means you must live anywhere in Colorado, not necessarily Castle Rock alone, for at least 90 days before you can file a divorce petition in a Colorado court.
How Long Does Divorce in Castle Rock, CO Take?
No two divorce cases are exactly alike. Consequently, the divorce process can proceed faster—or take longer—for different parties. Generally, some of the factors that commonly impact the duration of divorce cases include:
- The complexity of the marital property
- Whether children are involved
- Whether or not there is a prenuptial or post-nuptial agreement in place
- Whether one or more issues are in dispute between the divorcing parties
Here, it’s important to note that:
- Colorado has a mandatory 90-day waiting period: The only thing that can happen within that timeframe is the exchange of information and the initial status conference.
- The relationship between exes can affect how long divorce takes: If either or both parties want to fight it out and/or are not willing to compromise, divorce will typically take longer to resolve.
How Do I File for Divorce in Castle Rock, CO?
If you are initiating the divorce case (i.e., filing first), you need to:
- Complete the appropriate court forms: Colorado divorce and related forms can be found here. Part of completing these forms can involve compiling various supporting documents, like pay stubs and bank statements.
- File the completed forms with the court: Castle Rock residents can file with the District Court for Douglas County.
- Pay the required filing fees: As of 2020, the filing fees for dissolution of marriage in Colorado are $230. There will be additional fees for each additional petition filed, including temporary support payment requests and custody petitions.
Making mistakes from the get-go—like errors on forms, missteps in serving an ex, and more—can compromise your rights and positioning before your case gets started. The best way to set your case up for success is to retain Castle Rock Divorce Attorney Lori Crystal.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Served Divorce Papers?
If your ex has filed for divorce first and you have been served with divorce papers, you can:
- Do nothing: If you agree with all of the terms of the divorce, you can let the initial petition speak for itself. In these cases, divorce cases can generally be resolved fairly quickly.
- File a response: If you disagree with even one element of the initial petition, you need to file a response. If you were served in Colorado, you have 21 days from the date of service to submit your response to the court, explaining what you contest (and why). If you were served outside of Colorado, the response deadline extends to 35 days.
Consulting an attorney to carefully review the initial divorce filing can help you understand exactly what’s being claimed and what’s at stake. That can be the key to determining the best course of action.
Do I Need a Parker Divorce Attorney to Serve Divorce Papers?
No, typically a private process server or a Douglas County sheriff will serve divorce papers to the other party.
If you’ve been making efforts to serve an ex with no success, you may qualify to serve him or her by publication, as long as you meet certain requirements and can prove the efforts you made to serve your spouse.
Get More Answers: Consult with an Experienced Castle Rock Divorce Attorney
When your finances, relationships, and future are on the line in divorce, contact the Law Office of Lawyer Lori Crystal, LLC. Retaining our Castle Rock family law firm gives you access to more than just an attorney. With us, you gain a team of dedicated professionals focused on helping you achieve your objectives in a calming, thoughtful, and efficient manner.
Call or email our firm for a confidential, no-obligation consultation.
As skilled problem solvers, we will closely work with you to identify what matters the most. We will also work tirelessly to protect your interests, anticipate potential issues ahead, and achieve favorable resolutions.