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What is a no-fault divorce?

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2023 | Divorce

Ending a marriage is stressful. It also involves certain legalities. However, when spouses in Colorado want to end their relationship, the fact that one or both believe the differences between them are insurmountable is likely sufficient to justify ending it. Couples can end their marriage without providing a specific reason through a no-fault divorce. 

Basics of a no-fault divorce 

Traditionally when filing for divorce, couples were required to prove a specific fault ground, such as abuse or adultery. By opting for a no-fault divorce, spouses do not have to prove any fault ground to obtain a divorce. Of course, a no-fault divorce does not mean that neither spouse was to blame. These days, even if one spouse’s wrongdoing led to the breakup, a no-fault divorce typically makes the process quicker and simpler. 

No-fault vs. fault 

In the past, fault divorces were the norm. In a fault divorce, the spouse seeking to end the marriage must provide sufficient proof of the fault ground alleged. This type of divorce is often more complex.  since it requires spouses to present evidence of fault. So-called fault divorces have been eliminated in Colorado.  

Help with divorce 

Whether it’s contested or uncontested, a divorce can be challenging and even overwhelming. Any Colorado resident who has questions or is considering a divorce can get help by speaking with an experienced legal professional. A knowledgeable family law attorney can offer situation-specific advice and ensure the protection of personal interests throughout the process.