It is frightening and difficult to leave a physically, financially or emotionally abusive spouse. Statistically, abused partners are at their highest levels of risk in the two years after ending the relationship. Once you file for divorce, while you may be safer in your immediate surroundings, the statistical risk to you increases.
When parents decide to divorce in Colorado, the biggest concern is usually what will happen with the children. Historically, parents have been willing to battle in court in the hopes of securing primary or sole custody. The Colorado court system, however, does not prefer sole custody arrangements except in extreme cases.