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Common Law Marriage in Denver

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There are many misconceptions regarding what makes a common law marriage, particularly given the fact that what makes a common law marriage can vary significantly between states that allow it. In the state of Colorado, a common law marriage is determined by the court. To qualify for common law marriage, the couple must cohabitate, they must both agree to the marriage, and they must present themselves to friends, family, and the public at large as being married. Though in many states there is a certain amount of time cohabitating is required to qualify as common law, Colorado does not have a requisite duration. At Schmidt Law Group, P.C., our Denver common law marriage attorney can help clients to handle the complexities of these cases.

Just a few of the ways a Colorado divorce court might determine whether or not a common law marriage exists include:

  • Whether the couple presents to the public as married
  • Determining if the couple underwent any traditional marriage rituals, such as wearing wedding rings or having a ceremony
  • Listing their partner as a spouse on official documents such as retirement plans, insurance forms, etc.
  • Filing joint tax returns
  • Joint bank accounts or jointly owned property
  • Taking a partner’s surname
  • Holiday or greeting cards addressing the couple as married

Ending a Common Law Marriage

If you and your partner wish to terminate your common law marriage, you will need to go through the steps of a divorce just like any other married couple. This is because common law marriages are recognized as fully legal and valid marriages in the state of Colorado, and the termination of that marriage must, therefore, cover the same ground as any other divorce. Both parties must agree on topics such as child custody, child support, visitation time, asset distribution, and more.

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At Schmidt Law Group, P.C., we are proud to provide our clients with thorough, well-researched, and passionately defended legal strategies which are tailored to suit their individual needs and goals. We work tirelessly to ensure that you are kept completely up-to-date on your case so that you can make educated, informed decisions. Our Denver common law marriage attorney understands how deeply these cases affect the families they involve, and we do everything in our power to help you reach a solution that works for you.

Call (303) 225-1016 today to schedule your appointment, and find out more about the options available to you!

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