Colorado is among the nine U.S. states that allow couples to contractually engage in common law marriages (as long as the couples legally qualify for this status). As such, Colorado treats the dissolution of common law marriages much in the same way as it treats the dissolution of marriages. The following are some specific facts regarding common law marriages in Colorado:
- Heterosexual couples who affirm themselves as being married to their family and others close to them will be effectively viewed as being married in the eyes of Colorado family law. Consequently, should this couple break up, their assets will be divided as they would be if they were effectively legally married. Similarly, the courts will assign support payments – such as alimony or possibly even child support payments – in the same manner as would be decided if the couple were married.
- A couple does not need to have lived together for at least 10 years in order to be considered to have a common law marriage. In fact, there is no time frame for a couple to qualify for having a common law marriage. Additionally, having a child with a partner does not automatically mean that the parents are involved in a common law marriage. Instead, the couple must only present itself as being married to their family and friends.
- Parties involved in a common law marriage cannot apply for an annulment. Instead, they must go through standard divorce proceedings like a standard married couple.
Given that the dissolution of common law marriages is treated as practically the same as the dissolution of a standard marriage in Colorado, it’s essential that parties looking to dissolve a common law marriage work with the trusted Denver divorce lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen.
While our family attorneys have extensive experience successfully handling all matters associated with divorce, we also are dedicated to helping our Clients achieve the most efficient and beneficial resolutions to their cases. For a thorough assessment of your case, contact us by calling (303) 932-8666.