You or your spouse must have lived in Colorado for a minimum of 90 days prior to filing for the dissolution of marriage. You must also file for your dissolution in the county in which you reside.
Fill Out your Forms
When filing for a no-fault divorce, please note that forms must be printed on bonded, acid-free paper. Some forms must be completed by all people filing for no fault divorce in Colorado:
- Case Information (JDF 1000)
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation (JDF 1101)
- Summons for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation (JDF 1102): Only file this form is you are not filing a joint divorce)
Forms for Couples with Children:
- Parenting Plan (1113): Both parties must sign this form in front of a notary.
Additional Forms (if Applicable):
- Sworn Financial Statement (JDF 1111): Both parties need to complete this form on and sign it in front of a notary.
- Certificate of Compliance (JDF 1104): Both parties must complete this form on their own.
- Divorce Settlement Agreement: If the parties have reached an agreement and they do not desire to proceed with a lengthy trial they can use Rocket Lawyer’s easy interview process to complete a Marital Settlement Agreement. The Marital Settlement Agreement enables the division of property, assets, debts and liabilities, and settles matters of child support, custody and visitation.
- Affidavit for Decree without Appearance (1201): Both parties must sign this form in front of a notary.
- Decree (JDF 1116)
- Pretrial Statement (JDF 1129): You only need to complete this form if you and your spouse disagree on one or more issues marked in your Separation Agreement Form.
Make Copies of your Forms
Once you have filled out the appropriate forms, make at least two copies of each. One set will be filed with your court clerk’s office, and one should be kept for your records. You will also need to bring a certified copy of your marriage certificate, which you can get from the city or town where you were married.
Bring your Completed Forms to your Court Clerk’s Office and Pay the Fee
Proceed to your court clerk’s office with the originals and copies of your forms. If everything is in order, the clerk will use the original forms and ask you to pay a fee to file.
If your spouse lives in another state or country, make sure to consult a lawyer before filing.