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What is the length of the divorce waiting period in Colorado?

Coloradoans who are getting a divorce generally want the divorce process to be done and over with as soon as possible. It is important though to note that a divorce is not something that a couple here in Colorado can get instantly upon filing.

One reason for this is that state law places a waiting period on divorces. Specifically, in the state, a divorce decree is not allowed to be granted until a 90-day waiting period has passed. When does the clock on this waiting period start? It depends on how the divorce filing in the divorce was made. If the filing was made jointly by both members of a couple, the clock starts on the date of the filing. If however, the filing was just made by one of the members of a couple, the clock starts on the date that the non-filing spouse was served with divorce papers. 

An important thing to note is that the waiting period only sets the minimum amount of time that can pass before a divorce decree can be granted, a divorce can end up taking longer than this minimum.

This is, in part, because of one of the other reasons why a couple can end up having to wait awhile before the divorce process is finished for them. This reason is that many important issues can come up in a divorce and it can take time to properly resolve these issues.

It is understandable that a person would want to get through the divorce process quickly. It is important though to not ignore important divorce issues due to being too focused on getting things over and done with as fast as possible. Failing to pay proper attention to important divorce issues, like property division and child custody, could end up having some very negative impacts on a divorcing individual. Divorce attorneys can help divorcing individuals with balancing the desire for the divorce process to go quickly with the need to handle things properly during the process.

Source: FindLaw, "Colorado Legal Requirements for Divorce," Accessed March 31, 2015

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