Not all divorces have to end up in court. It is entirely possible to resolve divorce disputes and settle everything without ever stepping foot inside a Colorado courtroom or ending up before a judge. Every couple has the right to negotiate a final agreement and draft an order on their own, but it is still subject to approval by a judge.

The terms of your divorce order matter. They will impact you for years to come, and it’s beneficial to think long-term when negotiating and working toward a reasonable outcome. How you feel right now may not be indicative of what is truly best for you in the future. The more thorough and practical your divorce order is, the better it will be for you and any minor children.

Coming to terms

In some cases, couples are amicable to the point where there are no remaining issues to resolve to move forward with their divorce. They agree on all terms, and they are ready to finalize everything. In other situations, a couple may need to employ alternate dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or collaboration to resolve their divorce disputes.

No matter how you arrive at your final agreement, there are certain things you will want to consider along the way. First, you would be wise to consider all of the implications of the choices you make, such as paying property taxes on your house if you want to remain in your home. Secondly, you will want to think through whether a judge will agree that your terms are fair and reasonable.

The specifics of your agreement

The more thorough your divorce agreement, the better. A judge may not approve your agreement if it is too vague or contains terms that leave room for confusion. You and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse will want to consider things like custody plans, support details and how property division will work. You can also include things that may be specific and unique to your situation. 

Your post-divorce future 

There is a lot on the line during your divorce even if you and your spouse agree to settle matters out of court. Before you agree to any terms, you may want to speak to a family law attorney regarding how you can protect your rights while still pursuing a fair and sustainable final divorce order.