How Long Does the Divorce Process Take?

The length of the divorce process almost totally depends upon how much the parties disagree and fight.

Colorado law requires that a person be domiciled in Colorado for at least 91 days prior to filing a divorce, and wait another 91 days after the action has begun prior to the Court issuing a decree.

The 91 days and the action begin when both the Petition has been filed, and the Respondent has been served with the proper paper–work, that is, the last to take place of these two events.

In my experience it is rare for a divorce to be completed by the 91st day. Sometimes that can be accomplished, but I have found it to be rare. Usually a divorce lasts about 6 to 10 months, and sometimes as long as a year.

Because there is no such thing as a right to "speedy trial" in divorce, the Courts really have no time frame required under Colorado law to complete the process.

However, the Distict Court in El Paso County does set every divorce case for "review" 120 days after it is filed. This "review" means that the District Court will pull up the case and look at it after 120 days to see if anything has occurred in it. If nothing has occurred, the Judge will issue a "DPO," which means a "Delay Prevention Order." Such an Order usually states that the parties must do something in their case, such as set it for hearing or file a written agreement, or else the Court will dismiss the case.

You may look up Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Title 14, Article 10, Sections 106 and 107 for further information.