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Why Do Divorces Take So Long?

With much to battle about, some spouses have been through nasty divorces lasting decades. Though those cases are far and few between, divorce isn’t known for being notoriously hasty. Here in Colorado, most divorces take six to nine months to complete. It’s important to note that each case is different, but it raises the question, “Why do divorces take so long?” Continue reading to see what our skilled divorce attorneys have to say.

Divorce Process

The legal system takes its time, and divorce is no exception. In the state of Colorado, a divorce will not be granted until 90 days after a spouse files. In between those three months, couples must exchange financial documentation, which is also known as a period of discovery, and that alone can add 90 additional days. Next, Colorado requires all divorcing spouses to engage in a series of settlement efforts, which can include parenting classes to attending mediation.

Contested Issues

There are several reasons why a divorce may extend the 90-day period, and the primary being disputed issues, such as child custody and the division of property. If the involved parties cannot reach an agreement on an issue, they may file a Request for Order, which can cover the including:

  • Child custody, visitation, and support

  • Spousal support

  • Property possession

  • Payment of debt

  • Restraining orders against domestic violence

  • Modification of a previous order

If each individual files motions, the divorce process is more likely to continue.

What Can I Do to Avoid a Prolonged Divorce?

You can facilitate a timely divorce by doing everything within reason to try to resolve your differences amicably. With the high tensions that come with this process, we understand that can be extremely challenging. Our blog on the biggest divorce mistakes can help steer you in the right direction!

Lastly, consult a divorce attorney that understands your goals over their bottom line. At the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., our experienced divorce attorneys will help you decide on an approach that makes the most sense for you while keeping your best interests.

Are you planning to file for divorce in Colorado Springs? Call our family law attorneys at (719) 212-4227 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for a free consultation today.

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