Ciancio Ciancio Brown, P.C.
Book Now

Denver (303) 395-4773 Broomfield (303) 872-8919

Breckenridge (970) 285-3077 Toll-Free (800) 746-3560

Denver (303) 395-4773 Toll-Free (800) 746-3560

Leaders in Litigation

Separation or divorce: What you need to know

In the early days of your relationship, you took pride in knowing everything there was to know about your partner. Now all you know about your partner is that you need space apart. Space can be helpful, and it doesn't mean that you're headed down the path toward legal separation or divorce. Many couples who take a break simply need to spend time away from their partner to remember why they chose them in the first place.

Wondering about separation vs. divorce?

Whether you choose to take a break, pursue legal separation, or divorce, it's important to understand your options before making a major life change. Your decision will rely on your relationship, your religious and moral convictions, and your family. The role of your attorney is to clearly outline the options for you to reach your goals.

For example, many couples who choose to legally separate do so for religious reasons. Other basic information about legal separation and divorce are below.

What you need to know about legal separation

  • A legal separation in Colorado is very similar to a divorce. Couples divide assets, there is a determination about spousal support and, if minor children are involved, parents decide on a parenting schedule.
  • A couple with a decree of legal separation cannot remarry without further action.
  • Unlike a divorce, the decree of legal separation is reversible.
  • A legally separated couple can convert their decree of legal separation into a decree of marriage dissolution after six months. If the terms stay the same, this can be a simple process.

What you need to know about legal divorce

  • Colorado is a "no-fault" state.
  • The state of Colorado requires a minimum 90 day waiting period before a legal divorce is finalized.
  • A residency requirement exists in Colorado stating that either spouse must live in the state for 90 days prior to filing.
  • A divorce will likely impact your taxes. It would be wise to consult a tax professional early on.

Where you go from here is a question that only you and your partner can answer. Before you pursue options to end your marriage, make sure that it's truly over. If you haven't already, consider therapy or perhaps a trial separation. If it comes down to a legal separation or divorce, with so much at stake, it's important that you put as much of your time and energy into the process as possible. With the right guidance, you can see your way through this.

Email us your case details

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Broomfield Office
390 Interlocken Crescent
Suite 350
Broomfield, CO 80021

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 303-872-8919
Fax: 303-464-8000
Broomfield Law Office Map

Denver Office
1660 Lincoln Street
Suite 2000
Denver, CO 80264

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 303-395-4773
Denver Law Office Map

Breckenridge Office
106 North French Street
Suite 230
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Toll Free: 800-746-3560
Phone: 970-285-3077
Breckenridge Law Office Map

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.