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Reconciliation can still happen after filing for divorce

Just as most people do not get married with the intention of one day divorcing, filing for divorce is not a process that is usually started by couples who intend to reconcile. Therefore, when couples decide to reconcile after having already filed for divorce, they should be aware of the steps they need to take to stop divorce proceedings in Colorado. For instance, there are often legal costs associated with the divorce process that cannot be refunded no matter what a couple ultimately decides to do.

Typically, a divorce filing is accompanied by a fee. Should that process be postponed or halted for any reason, that fee cannot be refunded, nor can it be reinstated. This means that if a reconciling couple realizes that divorce was actually the right course of action, they must pay the fee again when submitting their second divorce filing. 

The financial aspect is not the only ramification to halting a divorce. For many couples, arguments that arose while attempting to settle difficult issues, such as asset division, alimony, child support or custody, may affect relationships in the future. In addition, if the divorce process is later started up again, many people find that they will have to start from scratch, especially if there have been any life changes -- minor or major -- in the time that passed between filings.

There is certainly nothing wrong with deciding to give a marriage a second chance. However, couples in Colorado should be careful when approaching this notion once divorce proceedings have already begun. Most people do not file for divorce without a solid reason behind the move, and -- when inappropriate -- making an attempt to reconcile can impose further costs and additional time constraints on both parties by requiring that they pay additional fees or revisit contentious issues. 

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Divorce and Reconciliation. Yes, It Happens!", Caroline Choi, April 02, 2015

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