Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Denver, 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 Denver Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Denver before I can file for divorce?
Denver 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 Denver 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 Denver? 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 Denver, 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 Denver?
In Denver (Denver 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.
However, there may be additional documents you would have to serve in the outlying counties other than Denver County, which vary by the different Judicial Districts in which those different counties lie.
Where do I file for divorce in Denver 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 Denver, 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).
The city of Denver lies primarily in Denver County, but also extends to several nearby counties, such as Adams, Broomfield, Arapahoe, Douglas, and Elbert counties.
For Denver County, you need to file at the courthouse located 1437 Bannock Street in Denver.
For the outlying counties in the city of Denver, go to whichever District Court of the Judicial District in which your county of residence lies.
Visit the Colorado Courts by District website to learn which Judicial District you reside in and where you should file your divorce papers.
How much are the filing fees at the Denver County District Court?
Filing fees are $230 to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
Are there any Denver 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.
Denver Client Testimonials
“You and your team have been a bright spot in a very dark and sad series of events, and I thank you. Your expertise, honesty, and professionalism have been a breath of fresh air, and your effective advocacy ultimately saved me from the even more sad fate that had obviously been planned for me. It was quite frightening to have my life altered so profoundly by someone I trusted and actions over which I had no control whatsoever. I cannot imagine where I would be today without you there to guide me. I shall be eternally grateful to you for all of these things. While I hope that this is completely over and there will be no further reason for me to have legal representation, I appreciate your overtly expressed willingness to assist me further should that need arise. The knowledge that I can always turn to you if another shoe drops gives me peace. …”
“I had no idea how to handle any of this stuff, and she walked me through it. We planned what to do and a future system for how my life would be. … [My attorney] did her best to keep the costs down. She was really patient with me. … She stayed on top of things and would … let me know when I needed to send in stuff. Divorce is not something I wanted or ever thought I’d go through, but [my attorney] walked me through every step of the way. She’s both incredibly professional and incredibly personal, and those are two things that are very difficult to keep in balance.”
“[My attorney] has been really good with communication; he tells me whatever he is doing. It has been pretty impressive.”