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Legal Separation/Invalidity

Divorce is not the only option for people in a failed marriage. In Colorado, couples may pursue other courses of action: legal separation and invalidity. At the Littleton and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, law offices of Jolein A. Harro, P.C., we can help.

Legal Separation

Legal separation can be a favorable option for couples who want time apart, but aren’t sure that they want to divorce. People choose legal separation for many reasons, including religious ones. Our lawyers have worked with many people for whom divorce was not an option. Legal separation allowed them to protect their interests and move forward with their lives without violating their religious beliefs.

Legal separation can also be a good option for couples who have an amicable relationship, but no longer wish to be together. A benefit of a legal separation is that one party can remain on the other’s health insurance and receive needed medical care.

While legal separation is much like a divorce, there is one critical difference: couples are not free to remarry. If you do decide to divorce in the future, the process is relatively simple. You and your lawyers can file what is called a “petition to convert,” which converts the legal separation to a divorce under Colorado law.


Invalidity is often confused with an annulment. However, the two are separate ideas. Invalidity is a legal term, while annulment is a religious one. At Jolein A. Harro, P.C., we have represented clients who worked with us to have their marriages declared legally invalid. They then worked with their religious leaders to have their marriages annulled, if necessary.

Marriages may be ruled invalid for many reasons, including that the parties were incapacitated or intoxicated when they entered into the agreement, or that a party was tricked into the marriage under false pretenses such as a lie about a pregnancy.

Many of these marriages are short-term unions that both parties regret. If you have made such a mistake, you can rejuvenate your life with our help.

Contact A Family Law Attorney

We welcome your questions about legal separation and invalidity and can help guide you through the decision-making process on how to proceed. To get started, call us at 720-541-5873 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.