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The Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act (“UDMA”) sets forth the legal framework for most of the legal issues relating to divorce and child custody in Colorado. The UDMA is found under Title 14, Section 10 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce?
Under the UDMA, the sole ground for a divorce is an “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage relationship.” Either party, both parties or even a guardian with court approval may initiate a divorce action. The parties do not need to agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken.
A No Fault Divorce
Under the UDMA, Colorado is now a “no-fault” divorce state. In other words, it is no longer legally relevant which party behaved badly or “caused” the divorce. The “no fault” theme runs through the act. For example maintenance awards and property divisions are made “without regard to marital misconduct.” The only exception is for economic fault, for example, where one spouse hides or wastes money or assets that are within the marital estate.
When it enacted the UDMA, the General Assembly found that it is “in the best interests of the parties to a marriage in which dissolution has been granted and in which there are children of the marriage for the parties to be able to resolve disputes that arise subsequent to the dissolution in an amicable and fair manner.”
The Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act covers numerous issues beyond the ending of the marriage itself including the division of the marital estate, the allocation of parental responsibility, maintenance and child support.
The Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act simplified the legal issues relating to divorce in Colorado by removing the concept of “fault.” Nevertheless, numerous challenging legal issues remain.
The Rocky Mountain Family Lawyers are experts in Colorado Uniform Dissolution of Marriage Act and no fault divorce in Denver, Colorado.
Call us to discuss your legal options and rights. (303) 502-9600.