How is Your Spouse Notified of the Divorce Filing?
Under Colorado law, legal notice of the divorce petition must be provided to your spouse.
If you and your spouse are filing an uncontested Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Legal Separation jointly, your spouse should be legally aware of the divorce process and does not need to be served.
Any person other than you may serve the divorce papers in person, so long as that person is over 18 years of age, a resident of Colorado, and NOT listed in any of the court documents.
This means you could recruit the assistance of a friend, hire a professional process server, or utilize the county sheriff.
If you are unable to reach your spouse, you may be able to achieve service by publishing a notice of divorce, but this option requires the permission of the Court.
Return of Service
Once the divorce papers have been served, the process server must sign and notarize a Return of Service, which will be filed with the Court.
Once the other party is served, the court will schedule an Initial Status Conference (ISC) that both parties MUST attend, which will identify disputed issues, and if you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement, you will proceed to trial.
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