Overview: Common Law Marriage
Denver Family Attorney
Some couples choose to forego the customary marriage and opt for a common law marriage. There are many benefits to this alternative. There are some factors spouses in a common law marriage should be aware of. If you and your spouse have decided to be in a common law marriage and then decide to separate, you are subject to the same divorce proceedings as that of a traditionally married couple. It is important to know your rights and responsibilities if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
What establishes a common law marriage in Colorado?
In Colorado, a common law marriage is established when both parties mutually agree to be openly considered as husband and wife. Other things that may establish a common law marriage are joint filing on tax returns, cohabitation, wife taking surname of husband, joint checking or savings, etc. The court may also consider how long the couple has been together as well as their behavior and actions during the time they were in a relationship. It is important to be aware that a common law marriage is not established simply by the couple living together. As the state recognizes this as a real marriage, when the couple wants to separate, the divorce proceeding will look exactly the same.
Jones Law Firm, PC has the experience and drive to work with you and arrive at a strategy that will best suit your needs. Whether you and your spouse have decided on a
legal separation, an
uncontested divorce or any type of divorce situation, it's important to have competent help. Our legal team may be able to help you with the
property division and marital property,
alimony and spousal maintenance,
child support and/or
child custody issues that may arise from your common law marriage case. Contact our legal team at the firm today to learn more about common law marriage in Colorado.