It is not uncommon for Colorado couples who are embarking on a divorce to think they have a basic grasp of the process, only to be surprised when it is more complicated and difficult than they believed it would be. This can stem from a misplaced reliance that television, films and even news stories are giving the scope of what the divorce process entails. While some divorces are relatively amicable and the couple can agree on child custody, asset distribution, maintenance, property division and other factors, many are more contentious.
Understanding the basic aspects of the divorce process can help people to be fully prepared for what lies ahead. First, there will be a petition, the document that initiates the divorce. Either side can file the petition. Next will be a summons and response. The spouse who is pursuing the divorce will inform the other party as to the intention. That spouse will subsequently acknowledge that it was received and the divorce process will move forward.