Colorado is one of only three states that recognize common law marriage. In order for a marriage to be legally recognized, people are not required to have been formally married in a legal ceremony as long as they have met certain other requirements. These include:
- There must have been an agreement or solemnization between the parties that they would act together as a married couple.
- The parties must have represented to the community that they were married. For example, they may have filed joint tax returns, held a joint bank account, carried health insurance for each other, or given the husband's last name to their children.
How Colorado Common Law Marriage May Affect You
There are many ways a common law marriage can have a legal effect on a spouse. One of the most common is during a divorce. If a common law marriage is recognized, Colorado courts will divide assets and debts the way they would if the marriage had been in a ceremony with a formal marriage license. Parental responsibilities and custody will be assessed accordingly, and child support and alimony may be ordered.
At the law offices of Jolein A. Harro, P.C., in Littleton and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we have represented people who were in common law marriages and helped them to protect their rights and interests. We have also worked with people who did not want to be considered common law married, and who were interested in alternative agreements such as cohabitation agreements. We can help you draft and review these agreements.
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If you have questions about common law marriage or about your relationship, we encourage you to contact us - whether or not you are engaged in a conflict. Our attorneys can answer your questions and give you clear information about how the law may apply in your situation.
To get started, call us at 303-463-6302 or complete our online contact form. We have an office in Littleton, serving the Denver metro area and Jefferson County, as well as a satellite office in Steamboat Springs.