Though a divorce process is an emotional experience, it is generally perceived as a tedious and time-consuming process. To some extent it is true, but it does not have to be so as spouses are permitted to file their cases in time in Colorado. However, it requires the cooperation and mutual understanding of each spouse for this to happen.
To improve the divorce process, Divorce Matters in Fort Collins recommends the following.
Close joint accounts and share property
In situations where you feel that divorce is inevitable, it is advisable you have your own account and property. Colorado is an “equitable distribution” state. That means that all the assets gained during the marriage period are equally divided among the couple, with spouses earning a high salary getting more property after divorce.
If you and your spouse have a lot of property and financial resources, it may take the judge a more extended period to make a decision. You and your spouse are more familiar with your finances and property, if you can agree on the sharing of the property, then the time taken to conclude the divorce process will be shortened.
Discuss and agree on the alimony payments
In most cases, one spouse is left less financially stable if not supported by the other spouse who is the breadwinner. Therefore, many courts give orders for the spouse earning more to support the spouse earning less. To ease this process, find a way to influence your spouse to agree upon the alimony amount earlier to avoid the lengthy process of calculation during and after divorce.
Reach an agreement on child custody, care, and support
Child custody, visitation, care, and support is an emotional process during divorce. The ex-couple can, however, come up with mutual decisions and agreement on child custody beforehand. Agree on who will make decisions on medical care, religious upbringing, schooling among others. Typically, this responsibility is awarded to both parents.
Additionally, who will live with the children and who will be visiting to make it easy for the children during the divorce period.
Go for the uncontested divorce
Once you and your spouse harmoniously agree on the sharing of marital property, spousal maintenance, child custody, care and support you can then go ahead and swear in an affidavit and go for an uncontested divorce with your spouse as a co-petitioner. In an uncontested divorce, the judge just requires verification that you and your spouse agree on the terms and conditions as stated in the filed divorce case.
In conclusion, it is essential to have a Colorado lawyer to represent you during the whole process of divorce..