Just as there is more than one way to enter into a marriage, Colorado provides spouses with three ways to end marriages:
- Divorce, aka "dissolution of marriage",
- Legal separation, and
- Annulment, aka "declaration of invalidity of marriage".
Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but since all are governed by the same set of statutes (Title 14, Article 10), they have very similar rules and procedures.
Regardless of how the marriage ends, the Colorado family law court In each case will resolve parenting issues, divide marital assets, determine maintenance and child support. So the settlements will look the same regardless of which method one uses to end a marriage.