in collaboration with the Colorado Supreme Court

Starting a Custody Case


1st - Do the Paperwork


Forms Kit 

  • A packet with all the forms.

Individual Forms


  1. Case Information Sheet - JDF 1000
  2. Petition for Custody - JDF 1413 & 1422
  3. Summons for a Response - JDF 1414
  4. Return of Service - JDF 1414(b)
  5. Waiver of Service - JDF 1414(a)
  6. Fee Waiver Request - JDF 205 & 206

Learn More: Filling out Court Forms.


2nd - File the Paperwork

File Where?

  • File in the District Court. 
    • There is a District Court in each county. 
  • File in the county where:

File What?

What do I Pay?

  • $220 Starting Fee. Or,
    • File Motion to Waive Fees - JDF 205 & 206.
    • Note - Fees cannot be waived if E-Filing.
  • Per-Filing Fee
    • For electronic filings only.
    • $6 Convenience Fee.
    • $7.50+ Service Fee.

How do I File?

  • By Mail
    • Pay by check.
  • By Delivery
    • Pay with cash, check, or card. 
    • Check your Court for card types accepted.
  • By E-Filing
    • Set up an account.
    • In some counties starting April 2019.
    • Pay by card.
    • You cannot waive fees if filing electronically.


3rd - Serve Respondent

Skip this step if you are filing jointly.

Learn More: Personal Service - A How-to Guide.


4th - File the Return of Service


Skip this step if you are filing jointly.


Next Steps:


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