Divorce proceedings can be emotionally taxing and legally complex, especially without proper guidance and preparation. In Colorado, navigating divorce requires a strategic approach to protect your rights and interests effectively. At Boal Law, we’ve seen firsthand the many pitfalls people fall into during a divorce. Let’s outline several of the most common mistakes to avoid during divorce proceedings in Colorado.

Emotional Decision-Making

One of the most common mistakes individuals make during divorce is allowing emotions to dictate their decisions. Divorce often triggers a range of intense emotions, including anger, sadness, and resentment, which can cloud judgment and lead to impulsive or irrational choices.1 To protect your rights and interests, strive to maintain objectivity and focus on long-term goals rather than short-term emotions.

Neglecting to Gather Financial Documentation

Failing to gather comprehensive financial documentation is another critical mistake during divorce proceedings. Colorado follows equitable distribution laws, meaning marital assets are divided fairly but not necessarily equally.2 To ensure a fair division of assets, it’s essential to gather documentation of all financial assets, including bank statements, tax returns, investment accounts, real estate holdings, retirement savings, and debts.

Overlooking Tax Implications

Many individuals overlook the tax implications of divorce, which can have significant financial consequences. Certain assets, such as retirement accounts and investment properties, may carry tax liabilities upon distribution or sale.3 Consulting with a financial advisor or tax professional can help you understand the tax implications of asset division and make informed decisions that minimize tax burdens.

Failing to Prioritize the Best Interests of Children

In Colorado, the best interests of children are paramount in divorce proceedings, particularly concerning child custody and parenting plans.4 Failing to prioritize the well-being and needs of children can have lasting repercussions on their emotional and psychological health. It’s essential to approach child-related decisions with empathy, cooperation, and a focus on co-parenting effectively for the benefit of the children involved.

Disregarding Legal Advice

Another common mistake is disregarding or undervaluing the importance of legal advice during divorce proceedings. Divorce laws and procedures in Colorado are complex and nuanced, and attempting to navigate them without proper legal guidance can lead to costly mistakes and unfavorable outcomes.5 Consulting with a knowledgeable divorce attorney ensures that your rights are protected, and your interests are advocated for throughout the process.

Failing to Communicate Effectively

Effective communication is key to resolving disputes and reaching mutually beneficial agreements during divorce proceedings. Failure to communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully with your spouse and legal representatives can escalate conflicts and prolong the divorce process unnecessarily.6 Prioritize constructive communication to facilitate smoother negotiations and minimize hostility.

Rushing the Process

Divorce is a significant life transition that requires careful consideration and planning. Rushing the process in an attempt to expedite resolution can lead to oversights, incomplete agreements, and unfavorable outcomes. Take the time to thoroughly review and understand all aspects of the divorce settlement to ensure that your rights and interests are adequately protected.

Divorce proceedings in Colorado can be complex and emotionally challenging, but avoiding these common mistakes can help protect your rights and interests effectively. By maintaining objectivity, gathering comprehensive financial documentation, considering tax implications, prioritizing the best interests of children, seeking legal advice, communicating effectively, and taking the time to navigate the process thoughtfully, individuals can navigate divorce proceedings with confidence and achieve favorable outcomes for their futures.


  1. Smith, L. (2020). Emotional mistakes to avoid during divorce. Psychology Today.
  2. Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) §14-10-113.
  3. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). (n.d.). Tax implications of divorce or separation.
  4. C.R.S. §14-10-124.
  5. American Bar Association (ABA). (2020). Why you should hire a lawyer for your divorce.
  6. Clark, R. (2019). The importance of effective communication during divorce.
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