You and your college sweetheart decided that it would be a great idea to get married just days after your graduation. You both had great degrees, graduated with honors and had every reason to believe that you'd be successful.
Life has a way of being more complex than you could have imagined. Since then, your spouse has been extremely successful, but you've barely been able to get your foot in the door. It's been a challenge, and you feel resentful. They treat you like less than they are for not being as advanced in your career as they are in theirs, and the entire situation is toxic.
If you want to get a divorce because of this situation, now may be a good time
Both of you are young, and you've been together for a few years. Your marriage doesn't have many significant assets, and you don't yet have children. This means that it's usually much easier to go through divorce. Some of the things you'll want to do include:
- Going through your assets and identifying them all
- Figuring out which assets are separate and which are marital
- Looking at your budget and deciding if you need spousal support (alimony)
- Determining if there are any complex matters, like the division of retirement accounts or stocks
Once you go through the basics, you'll want to make copies of every financial document you can find. Doing this will allow you to provide your attorney will a full understanding of your financial situation and the assets that you have.
Colorado encourages a fair split of your marital assets
In Colorado, the judge would prefer to see two people be fair with one another and to divide their marital assets in a way that is respectful of each person's input into the marriage. For example, if you provided 30% of your marital assets, then it would be fair to receive 30%. You might ask for spousal support if you relied on your spouse's income, too.
You and your spouse can talk about dividing your property and spousal support outside court. If you can come up with an agreement, then that agreement can be submitted to the court, so that a judge can decide if they agree with it. So long as the agreement appears to be fair, most judges will approve them.
If you and your spouse can agree, your divorce may move more smoothly and resolve faster than if you don't.