Colorado Divorce Forms & Papers

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Most couples think twice before ending a relationship, such as marriage. Marriage being an everlasting relationship cannot be ended just because of a fault committed by your spouse, or if you spouse is going through a bad phase, resulting into constant fights. With this we do not encourage you to tolerate inhuman or violent behavior. If things are really going out of control, and your feel that you cannot take it any more with your partner, or for that matter cannot forgive your spouse for a fault that would majorly cause a hindrance for the marriage to run smoothly; it is better to call it quits. When filing a divorce, the partners should be aware of a few legal proceedings in order to get a quick and hassle free divorce. Divorce forms are available on most websites these days, and Colorado divorce forms and papers are no different. One should, however, fulfill all the necessary legal requirements for filing a divorce in the state.

Residency Requirements:

One spouse must have been a resident of Colorado for 90 days prior to filing for dissolution of marriage. The dissolution of marriage may be filed in: 1) the county where the respondent resides; or 2) the county in which the petitioner resides, if the respondent has been served in the same county or is a nonresident of Colorado. [Colorado Revised Statutes; Article 10, Section 14-10-106; and Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 98]. For more information on filing a divorce see our page on how to file for divorce.

Divorce Grounds in Colorado:

The one and only no-fault ground for dissolution of marriage is: Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage, [Colorado Revised Statutes; Article 10, Section 14-10-106].

Child Custody:

A sole or joint custody is given to either partner after considering the best interest of the child, or if it is mutually agreed by both partners. The sex of a partner is not recognized while determining child custody. The following factors are considered when establishing child custody:

  • Child preference
  • Parent's wishes
  • Partners desire to establish a loving and healthy relationship between the other spouse and the child
  • Child's priorities related to their adjustment with the school, home and the community
  • The relationship the child shares with the parent, siblings, relatives and other immediate family members.
  • The physical and mental health of the child and the parents
  • Spousal abuse or child abuse by any partner
  • Parents physical proximity with each other
  • Parent's willingness to meet the needs of the child and their act of keeping the child's requirements above all.

Joint custody is given if both parties submit a better plan towards the custody of the child. The plan should take care of the following issues:

  • Parents location
  • The time period for physical custody by either spouse
  • Education of the child
  • Religious beliefs, if any
  • Health care of the child
  • Vacations and holidays
  • Any other factor in favor of the child's well being or physical or emotional health.

In most cases a joint custody is allocated. However, while awarding joint custody, the court has to make sure if the partners agree to make joint decisions and coordinate with each other for the child's future.

The documents related to child custody, support and spousal support need to be filed accurately and presented before the court. Colorado divorce forms and papers can easily be obtained from a website. One can also obtain professional help when filing the forms. Most websites guide the people to accurately fill the form and avoid the most common errors.


  1. Use the words, all in capital letters: IN THE DISTRICT COURT IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF AND STATE OF COLORADO
  2. Use these exact words, all in capital letters: PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  3. Use the word "Petitioner'. Be sure the "P" is capitalized.
  4. Use the word "Respondent". Be sure the "R" is capitalized.
  5. Use these exact words, all in capital letters: DECREE OF DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
  6. Use the word "County" here.

For detailed divorce laws in Colorado state, please see Colorado Divorce Laws page.

Free Colorado Divorce Forms for Download

Following divorce forms are free for download. Most of the forms are provided with instructions on how to fill the form. To download any of these divorce papers and forms just right click on the link and select "Save As...".

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