Frequently Asked Questions

At the office of attorney Brandon R. Ceglian, in Highlands Ranch, we represent people who are facing divorce and other family law legal matters. Our clients come to us with many questions about ending a marriage, determining child custody, drafting prenuptial agreements, and more. Our goal is to provide clients with the answers they need to prepare for the future and make positive decisions on behalf of their families.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Family Law

Is it necessary to prove fault in a Colorado divorce?

Colorado is a no-fault divorce state. It is not necessary to show that one spouse did something to cause the divorce. A marriage can be ended simply due to incompatibility.

How long does a divorce take to finalize?

Just as every relationship is different, every divorce is as well. There is a mandatory 90-day waiting period in Colorado from the time the official court documents are filed to the time the divorce can be finalized. However, most divorces take longer than 90 days, especially in divorces that are considered complex.

Will spousal maintenance be a factor in my divorce?

Spousal maintenance (also known as spousal support or alimony) is not automatically awarded in a Colorado divorce. Rather, the court considers the needs of the spouse with less income or earning potential, and other factors such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, the earning capacity of the spouse with less income, and more.

Do I need a prenuptial agreement?

While a prenuptial agreement is not required for parties entering into a marriage, it is highly recommended. A prenuptial agreement can address important legal concerns that may arise if the marriage one day ends in divorce. Nobody enters into a marriage with divorce in mind. But the reality is that divorce can happen. It is better to be prepared on the front end than to face difficulties down the road.

In Colorado, an agreement can be established before the date of the marriage (prenuptial agreement) or after the couple is already married (postnuptial agreement).

How is child custody determined?

Colorado family courts consider many factors when determining a child custody arrangement. Above all, the best interests of the child are considered when determining where the child will spend his or her time. Other factors include the needs of the child, the ability of both parents to provide care for the child, the wishes of the child, the wishes of each parent, where each parent lives, the child's relationship with each parent, and other factors.

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If you have other questions about divorce or family law in Colorado, or wish to speak to an attorney from our office about your specific needs or concerns, please call 720-344-4828 (toll free 866-967-9330).