For people in Colorado whose marriage has run its course, with a decision that it is preferable to part ways, a best-case scenario is that they will agree on most or all issues related to the marriage, have amicable negotiations for child support, child custody, spousal support and property division, and move on. The reason this is referred to as a "best" case scenario in a mostly negative situation is that it happens so infrequently. Oftentimes, there is contentious disagreement over some or all issues in the marriage. This can include children, property, division of assets, asset distribution and more. Understanding the components of a divorce proceeding can be key for adequate preparation and be beneficial as the case proceeds.
When there is a divorce, it will generally begin with a petition to start the legal process. Next will be the summons and response, as the spouse who is intending to divorce the other spouse will issue the summons and the other spouse can acknowledge that decision with a response. Motions are when there is a request for the court to issue orders pretrial. An example might be when there is a need for temporary support or there are protective orders needed in cases in which there has been domestic abuse.