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Premarital agreements in Colorado

A premarital or prenuptial agreement can be a very useful legal tool to establish property ownership before a marriage. While it is often uncomfortable for a couple to consider divorce before they have even gotten married, a premarital agreement can be one of the most stabilizing decisions a couple can make. Colorado law governs the creation and enforcement of premarital agreements.

Uncontested divorce

Colorado residents who are thinking about ending their marriages may want to learn more about uncontested divorces in this state and the steps to take when seeking marriage dissolution. Each case is decided on an individual basis, and Colorado law stipulates a no-fault approach to divorce. This means the only reason that can be cited for ending a marriage is a breakdown that is beyond repair. The person who initiates a divorce is referred to as the Petitioner, and the other party is the Respondent.

Basic information about divorces

Any Colorado resident who is interested in dissolving a marriage may be curious about how divorce works. The process can be confusing, so it is important for individuals to gather some basic information before getting started. Divorce is the legal procedure that severs a marital relationship. The judge declares that the parties are no longer legally bound to each other, divides any jointly-owned property, determines custody of any minor children born from the marriage and enters appropriate child support or spousal maintenance orders.

Reasons for obtaining a prenuptial agreement

Colorado couples and couples across the nation who are heading toward marriage may want to discuss whether it would be a good idea to obtain a prenuptial agreement. Prenuptial agreements can be particularly useful for individuals who are going into a marriage with property in their own name. Because an increase in this property's value during marriage may result in the possibility of it becoming marital property, the person holding the property may want to establish whether ownership will remain separate upon entering the marriage. Another consideration to discuss regarding separate premarital property is what will happen if that property is sold during marriage.

Put together a workable parenting plan

In Colorado, child custody decisions are made with the best interest of the child kept to the forefront. Whether you are in a marriage that is breaking up or you are separating from the child's other parent, there are numerous factors that are taken into consideration to determine the best intentions for the child.

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