Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Colorado Springs, Colorado, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.
Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.
Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men
Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.
More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.
We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.
Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights
Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in a Colorado family law courtroom.
Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.
Frequently Asked Colorado Springs Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Colorado Springs before I can file for divorce?
Colorado Springs does not have a specific residency requirement, but it is subject to a 90-day state of Colorado residency requirement.
Is there a mandatory waiting period in Colorado Springs before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?
The mandatory waiting period is 90 days.
Colorado rules do not allow any activity on the case to take place, other than the exchanging of financial information and the Initial Status Conference, for the first 40 days after the Petition is filed.
It would probably take a minimum of 2-5 months to get even the least complex divorces finalized and at least 6-12 months to finalize complex divorces. Some cases take well over a year if there are contested child custody issues, substantial amounts of property to divide, and other such issues.
How can I serve my spouse in Colorado Springs? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?
You would serve your spouse by utilizing a private process server or a sheriff/constable.
You can serve by publication by filing a motion with the court that meets certain requirements, including attaching affidavits or other evidence to substantiate what efforts you made to personally serve your spouse and obtaining a court order to allow you to serve the other party by publication.
In Colorado Springs, the notice would typically be published in the Denver Post because it’s a national publication that would (theoretically) provide notice to persons both in and outside of the state of Colorado.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Colorado Springs?
In Colorado Springs (El Paso County), you have to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, a Case Information Sheet, and a Summons to begin a divorce action and you have to serve all of them on the other party.
In addition, you would also serve on the other party at the same time a Domestic Relations Case Management Order, an Order to Parents, and a Notice of Applicability.
Where do I file for divorce in El Paso County?
All divorce cases have to be filed with the Office of the District Clerk in whichever Judicial District the county of residence lies, which will then assign the case to a particular division of the District Court in that county (assuming that county has more than one division).
However, many counties, such as El Paso, now require that all documents be e-filed in all divisions rather than physically being paper-filed with the Clerk’s Office (though most counties give pro se litigants some leeway on this, at least as to the initial filing).
For El Paso County, you need to file at the Clerk’s Office located in the courthouse at 270 S. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs.
How much are the filing fees in El Paso County?
Filing fees are $230 to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Are there any El Paso County-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?
Although local customs and standards of practice often differ by county and/or division, there are no legal or procedural rules that differ because all of them are promulgated and applied on a statewide basis.
Colorado Springs Client Testimonials
“I could go on and on about Melinda, but I’ll keep it short. She is very caring. She is very professional. She is very efficient. She responds very quickly to my needs. She has given me options, direction and properly supervises my actions. I really like that she is so familiar with my county, even though it isn’t where she resides.”
“[My attorney’s] ability to deal with a grown man crying in her office and understanding how to deal with me, along with her bedside manner, has been phenomenal. She is an absolutely amazing and caring attorney. … She has such a professional demeanor. … She has a legitimate and caring concern about her clients. I can’t thank her enough for that.”
“[My attorney] is fantastic. She has kept me fully informed, and the office was very helpful and supportive through this process. “