By Michelle L. Searcy
While browsing the news one morning, I recently came across an article discussing some “surprising” divorce laws throughout the country and wondered how those laws compare to Colorado laws on the same subjects. This article, which will be posted in two parts, explores those comparisons.
In Arkansas, couples have the option to enter a strict “covenant marriage.” If that option is chosen, getting a divorce becomes more difficult. Those in a covenant marriage must attend marriage counseling and separate for a specific time period before a divorce will be granted. Colorado does not require marriage counseling or any period of separation prior to filing for a divorce. However, given the cost, stress and impact of divorce on the parties and the children, it may be worthwhile to attend marriage counseling to explore possibilities of reconciliation voluntarily
California law includes a statutory six month waiting period before a divorce will be final. Colorado has a statutory waiting period too. However, in Colorado, the court can enter a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage 91 days after service of the petition. It is not unusual for divorce cases to take six months to one year to be finalized depending on the circumstances. Continue reading