When Colorado couples decide that a divorce is imminent, they may want the process to be over with as quickly as possible. However, the route that former couples take to get the divorce can have an impact on how long the process actually takes.
A DIY divorce is one of the fastest ways to get a divorce. If both individuals agree on who gets what, all they need to do is fill out the required paperwork and wait a certain amount of time. In Colorado, a divorce can be finalized in as little as 91 days. Mediation can also be a quick process although the number of issues that must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized will determine the length of the process. The faster the former couple can come to an agreement on property division and child custody, the faster they can get to the waiting period.
Arbitration and negotiating a settlement both take longer, especially if a former couple cannot agree on several key divorce issues. Arbitration involves having an arbitrator make decisions for a couple who cannot come to an agreement on their own. This process can still take less time than going to court. If the divorce does go to court, the process can take months or years as a court hearing has to be scheduled.
While some divorces are complex, some are as simple as coming to an agreement regarding the division of property and finances. A family law and divorce attorney may still look over paperwork and provide guidance for those who are trying to get the process as quickly and as amicably as possible. For example, the attorney may help a former spouse set realistic expectations when it comes to keeping the family home or other large marital assets.