While it takes two people to be married, it only takes one to be divorced. It is important to have this in mind when going through the marriage dissolution process. One of the first questions you must answer on the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is whether or not you believe your marriage is irretrievably broken.
In the State of Colorado, the court must find that a marriage is irretrievably broken to issue a decree of dissolution and officially divorce the parties. An irretrievable breakdown of a marriage means that the parties no longer want to live with each other and continue in their spousal relationship.
A few years ago, a client came into our office after he had been severed divorce papers by his wife. The client had been married to his wife for over forty years. When I walked through the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage that was filed by his wife, I talked to him about the fact that she stated the marriage was irretrievably broken. The client explained that he loved his wife but did not want to stay in a relationship with someone that believed it was over.
Another way to think of the term irretrievable breakdown is to compare it to irreconcilable differences. When you hear of two celebrities in Hollywood getting divorced or splitting up, they often say they are separating because they have irreconcilable differences. In other words, this state’s version of irreconcilable differences is irretrievably broken.
Breaking up is never easy, but to officially end a marriage in Colorado the Court has to find that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If you have questions about divorce or have had divorce papers served on you, please contact the family lawyers at Springs Law Group to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.