Sara helps clients unwind marriages and long-term relationships in a thoughtful, holistic, and practical manner. Since the divorce process is overwhelming, Sara ensures that you understand the options available to you and clarifies the legal implications of the decisions you face. To obtain a divorce in Colorado, one of the parties must live in Colorado for at least 91 days. Colorado, like most jurisdictions, is a no-fault and equitable division state. This means that the court will not consider who is at fault when deciding divorce cases and that marital assets will be divided equitably, which does not always mean 50/50. In dividing marital assets, the Court will consider all relevant factors including:
- The contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of a spouse as homemaker.
- The value of the property set apart to each spouse.
- The economic circumstances of each spouse at the time the division of property is to become effective, including the desirability of awarding the family home or the right to live therein for reasonable periods to the spouse with whom any children reside the majority of the time.
- Any increases or decreases in the value of the separate property of the spouse during the marriage or the depletion of the separate property for marital purposes.
Many clients want to obtain a divorce without going through a lengthy court battle and without paying excessive fees. Sara is trained in Collaborative Divorce – a transparent process that requires a commitment by both parties to reach resolution without court involvement.
Sara also frequently negotiates settlement agreements on behalf of her clients, which is another option that does not involve going to court. Sara will help you achieve your desired results through negotiation or collaboration rather than litigation, which can quickly become acrimonious. However, in some cases litigation may be the best option, and as an experienced litigator, Sara will zealously represent your interests in court. Whatever the case may be, the choices you make at the start of your divorce will greatly impact your divorce experience and your loved ones. Educating yourself about all of the options available to you is essential, and at the outset Sara will outline your options and recommend the process that will best fit your goals.