Download Our Free Divorce Document Tracking Chart

At Andersen Law PC, we know the divorce process can be confusing, especially if you go it alone without an attorney.

But we are here to help, whether you want support for specific steps or you want us to represent you through your entire case.

Whichever option you choose, it’s important to clearly understand steps of the process to always know what to expect. You need to stay organized, and prepare and receive necessary documents at the right times. That’s why we’ve created the following document tracking chart that you can print off and fill in as you go through the divorce process in Colorado.

VIDEO: How to File for Divorce in Colorado

So you made the big decision to file for divorce. Or maybe the decision was forced on you because your marriage has become intolerable — it’s no longer a “real” marriage.

What now? It can feel overwhelming to even figure out how to begin the divorce process. But we can help.

If you want to file for divorce in Colorado without an attorney, here are the first three steps to get started.

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How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day as a Newly Single or Divorced Person

I have done divorce hearings on the day that should be its opposite: Feb. 14, St. Valentine’s Day.  The irony does not escape my clients.  I am sure they will always recall the DATE of their divorce and find the holiday bittersweet as a result.  The truth is that this holiday can be trying for people who are divorcing, breaking up or newly divorced.  The following are tips to make the most of the day despite this challenge.  Continue reading “How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day as a Newly Single or Divorced Person”

What You Should Know About Discharging Domestic Debts in Bankruptcy

What You Should Know About Discharging Domestic Debts in Bankruptcy - AndersenLawPCWhen you file a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, many of your debts will be discharged, meaning you will no longer be liable to pay them. However, certain types of domestic debts are non-dischargeable, so filing for bankruptcy will not get rid of your liability to pay those debts. Below is a breakdown of how the different types of bankruptcy can affect your domestic debts. Continue reading “What You Should Know About Discharging Domestic Debts in Bankruptcy”

Should You File a Paternity Action or an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Case?

While you can combine the actions in certain situations, it is common that a parent will have to decide whether to file a paternity action under CRS 10-4-105 or an allocation of parental responsibilities (APR) proceeding under CRS 14-10-107. happy dad and daughter

Here are some things to consider: Continue reading “Should You File a Paternity Action or an Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Case?”

12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 3 – Complete Your Sworn Financial Statement, Disclosures, Parenting Classes

DIVORCE WALK THROUGH: THE BASICS

Each month, the Andersen Law PC blog will spell out the 12 steps of divorce.

The following is a roadmap with the basics for 12 steps of a divorce proceeding. The intent is to walk you through the process a simple step at a time.

(To see the process in a more personalized, real world context, follow the blogs on the Aingel and DeVille families: the Aingels relatively soaring through the process while the DeVilles crash and burn.)

 And if you want to divorce in less than a year, feel free to call me at 720-922-3880 or email beth@andersenlawpc.com with questions specific to your situation. I am happy to walk you through your own next steps and to answer questions in your complimentary initial phone or videoconference consult.

Here is where the year will take us:

1 – serving and filing a petition for dissolution

2 – responding to the petition

3 – sworn financial statement, disclosures, and parenting classes

4 – initial status conference

5 – discovery and depositions

6 – professionals:  CFI, PRE, vocational evaluator, appraisals

7 – motions to compel and telephone conferences

8 – temporary orders

9 – mediation

10 – parenting plans and separation agreements

11 – witnesses, pretrial deadlines and permanent orders

12 – QDROs and other post decree issues

Step 3: HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR SWORN FINANCIAL STATEMENT, DISCLOSURES, AND PARENTING CLASSES Continue reading “12 STEPS OF DIVORCE: THE BASICS – Step 3 – Complete Your Sworn Financial Statement, Disclosures, Parenting Classes”

How to Revive a Judgment

In many cases, a divorce can end with you receiving a judgment against your ex-spouse for spousal maintenance (alimony). However, your judgment has an expiration date. County court judgments expire and are unenforceable six years from the date of the judgment, while district court judgments expire and are unenforceable 20 years from the date of the judgment. Sometimes, after you’ve attempted the various collection processes, you still have money owed to you with the expiration date approaching. If you revive your judgment, your deadline to collect the judgment starts all over again, and you can continue your collection process.  Continue reading “How to Revive a Judgment”

Mothers’ Rights, Fathers’ Rights — What’s Right?

I am sure there are some firms who, starting back in the days of Kramer v. Kramer, wanted to protect fathers. What to Know Before Seeking a "Father's Rights" Law Firm - Andersen Law PC Beth Andersen

However, I personally think that several firms called themselves “fathers’ rights” as a marketing device because the father is usually the higher breadwinner.

Not every client is satisfied by the big firm who advertises on sports radio proclaiming fathers’ rights. I handle MANY cases that came from the so-called fathers’ rights firms who charged outrageously high fees, and then the clients were tapped out and weren’t even divorced yet. The label did them no good. Continue reading “Mothers’ Rights, Fathers’ Rights — What’s Right?”

Think You Don’t Know Anyone With Family Law Issues? Think Again.

As families come together for the holidays, there is the false reality of TV commercials where everyone is bathed in a glowing light toasting their good fortune. Even friends and relations seem to have it together as they boast about their perfect lives on Facebook. family dinner andersen law pc beth andersen

But then you really think about it and realize that when you think of the people you know best, you know that their lives and families aren’t actually “perfect.” Every couple and family has their own sets of issues and struggles unique to them, some more serious than others.

Maybe your family is fortunate to be close-knit, and you think you don’t know anyone with family law issues. However, the facts are that family law issues affect more than one in two families. So even if you don’t have those issues, you definitely do know someone else dealing with them. Continue reading “Think You Don’t Know Anyone With Family Law Issues? Think Again.”