Denver Common Law Marriage Attorney
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Despite common assumption, Colorado matrimonial law does not require or
recognize that a couple must live together for an extended period of time
in order to have a common law marriage. Living together for a long time
may be a characteristic that can help a couple demonstrate their willingness
to enter into a common law marriage and mutual agreement but it is not
a requirement for common law marriage.
To enter into a common law marriage, the state of Colorado requires that
couples must demonstrate and provide proof of the following:
- Mutual consent to enter into a common law marriage as husband and wife
- Representing to the general community that the husband and wife are a married couple
- Cohabitation as a married couple
Establishing valid proof of an existing common law marriage may prove to
be difficult. A court may consider the conduct of the couple, the duration
of the cohabitation, joint tax returns or bank accounts, and the nature
of their relationship to verify the existence of a common law marriage.
Terminating a Common Law Marriage
If a couple wishes to end their common law marriage, they must go through a
divorce just like any other couple. Because a common law marriage is recognized
by the state as a valid, legal marriage just like any other, the divorce
must address the same issues involved in any divorce or
dissolution. Couples terminating a common law marriage must come to an agreement on
parental responsibility of their children, visitation time allocation,
child support, and property distribution. Any future marriage of either spouse will
be invalid if the common law marriage is not dissolved prior to the next marriage.
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