You have a number of different rights under Colorado law. The first right that you have is the right to know the financial situation of your spouse. In some instances parties keep their finances separate, and you have no clue what your husband or wife has in terms of assets, bank accounts, liabilities and similar. First and foremost, your right is a right of full disclosure, and of good faith and fair dealing. That’s Colorado law. You are obligated to provide the other party with your financial disclosures that include bank statements, credit card statements, retirement account statements. You have the right to a full and complete financial picture regarding assets and liabilities that have been accumulated during the marriage.
Other rights that you have are rights regarding the children. You want to consider getting legal representation, if you have minor children, and you’re concerned about allocation of parental responsibilities. That involves parenting time, decision-making, child support. You have the right to have parenting time with your child. You have the right to receive child support, if you’re entitled to it under the child support worksheets. You need to get information from an attorney regarding those factors. You also have the right to go to court and have your case decided by a judge, if it’s a situation where you’re not able to resolve your case by mediation or negotiation with the other party. You do have the right to have your day in court, and you should consider hiring an attorney. Come and see us here at Lewis & Matthews, and we will talk to you about what your rights are in the context of a divorce case.