October 30, 2014

HB 12-1233: Allowing Court to Issue Legal Separation Decree Without Appearance of the Parties

On February 6, 2012, Rep. Jeanne Labuda and Sen. Morgan Carroll introduced HB 12-1233 – Concerning the Ability of a Court to Enter a Decree of Legal Separation In Certain Circumstances Without the Appearance of the Parties. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

CBA-sponsored legislation – Family Law Section

In a dissolution of marriage action, if there are no children of the marriage and the parties have entered into a written agreement concerning the division of marital property, a court may enter a degree of dissolution by affidavit, without the appearance of the parties. The bill aligns the process for parties seeking a legal separation by permitting a court to enter a decree of legal separation, under the same conditions, without the appearance of the parties. The bill has cleared the legislature and will be arriving on the governor’s desk in a few days.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

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