There are many factors that could affect decision making during a Colorado Springs divorce. For instance, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot agree on any divorce issues this could impact how the final decision is made. Because working through these decisions can be difficult without experience, you should reach out to our dedicated team of divorce attorneys.
In Colorado Springs, one of the main factors that impacts how decisions are made during the end of a marriage is whether a couple is getting divorced or legally separated. The biggest difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that the parties are not free to remarry if they are legally separated.
Additionally, with legal separation, the parties are still treated as husband and wife for purposes of inheritance rights on the death of one of the parties. Parties seek legal separation over divorce for personal reasons, and some of those reasons include religious beliefs and continuation of insurance benefits. These are two of the most common reasons we see for choosing a legal separation over a divorce.
Whether a couple can agree on certain divorce issues is a significant determinant in the decision-making process. A contested divorce is where the parties have not been able to come to an agreement on many of the issues in their case. The issues can range from parenting to financial issues. If there is even one issue that the parties cannot agree on, then the case is considered contested and the parties would go in front of the court to have that issue heard by a judge who makes the final decision.
Alternatively, an uncontested divorce has no issues remaining as the parties have come to a full agreement. Generally, much more effort is needed to try to resolve the issues in a contested divorce. Oftentimes in a contested divorce, the cases last longer if the parties attend multiple court hearings and leave the final decision up to the court judge assigned to their case. In an uncontested divorce, the parties are the individuals coming to all of the decisions, and the judge simply reviews these decisions.
In a Colorado Springs divorce, most judges will order that the parties attend mediation prior to the final order hearing in their case. Mediation is a way for a neutral third party, a mediator, to help the parties try to resolve their issues or disagreements in their case. Another option could be arbitration, which is where the parties use a neutral third party, an arbitrator, to decide the issues in their case instead of a trial court judge. The parties can choose the arbitrator in some cases or the court may appoint an arbitrator.
The decision-making process during a Colorado Springs divorce depends on various factors, such as the cooperation between parties. Our caring team is here to help. If you need help with the legal process to end your marriage, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today.