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Colorado State Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Colorado, you must make sure the District Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Colorado residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

The district court shall enter a decree of dissolution of marriage when: The court finds that one of the parties has been domiciled in this state for ninety days next preceding the commencement of the proceeding.

The dissolution of marriage may be filed in the county in which the pretitioner or respondent reside. (Colorado Statutes - Article 10 - Sections: 14-10-106)

Since dissolution of marriage is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Colorado. It is most common that people file for a dissolution of marriage in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Colorado residency requirements in the Colorado state statutes located at: http://198.187.128.12/colorado/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Colorado residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.