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How to prepare yourself to file for divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2023 | Family Law

Divorce is a challenging and complex process, but careful preparation can help ease the strain. To ensure that the process unfolds as smoothly as possible, it is important to familiarize yourself with key aspects and ready yourself for the journey ahead.

Filing for a divorce can take a great emotional toll, but preparation can provide a sense of control during these tumultuous times.

Understand Colorado divorce laws

Colorado follows a “no-fault” divorce system, meaning you do not need to prove wrongdoing on the part of your spouse. You just need to affirm that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Understanding this premise is the first step in preparing for a divorce, as you do not want to waste valuable emotional energy trying to pin the divorce on one specific issue or another.

Collect financial information

Gather all financial documents that reveal both your individual and joint financial status. These include bank statements, credit card bills, tax returns, and details about investments and debts. A clear picture of your financial situation will help when it comes to deciding on property division and support matters.

Assess your living situation

Consider your current living conditions and think about where you will reside during and after the divorce. You might need to research rent prices, housing markets, and the cost of moving. These factors will significantly affect your financial planning pre and post-divorce.

Consider your children’s needs

If you have children, their well-being must be a priority. Make sure to have discussions with your spouse about co-parenting, potential custody arrangements, and what would be in the best interests of your children. Ensure you do not involve your children in any fights or drama you and your spouse may deal with as you prepare to file for divorce.

Take care of your emotional health

Divorce can be emotionally draining, and it is important to protect your emotional well-being to the best of your ability. Seeking support from therapists or counselors, joining a support group, or just confiding in trusted friends can be beneficial.

Understanding how to prepare yourself can set the stage for a smoother divorce process. Though this journey might be challenging, preparation can provide you with the control and confidence to navigate it successfully.