You do not have to say “I do” to be married in Colorado.
Pursuant to C.R.S. § 14-10-101, the State of Colorado recognizes Common Law Marriage. A legal marriage is established through Common Law when two parties demonstrate their intent to share their lives as husband and wife and present to the world as a married couple. Hiring a common law marriage attorney in the Fort Collins area is the best way to navigate the unique complexities of a separation.
The status of being Common Law married is the same as being married with a ceremony and has serious legal implications. Simply because a couple never formalized their marital relationship through a ceremony or marriage license does not release the parties from their marital status or their legal obligations should they choose to separate. A common law marriage attorney in Fort Collins can clarify the exact legal nature of your relationship and develop a solution based on your unique needs.
When a Common Law marriage ends, the parties must undergo a legal dissolution of marriage process and obtain a formal decree of dissolution of marriage from a Court of law just as if they had married through traditional and formal means. With the help of a Fort Collins common law marriage attorney, couples can establish a successful division of assets. The implications of this legal status are such that without a decree of dissolution issued by a Court, any future marriages by either party will be considered invalid.
If you have decided to get a divorce, the next steps can seem daunting. Here we provide a few answers to common questions about filing for divorce.
Depending on your family, financial, and personal circumstances there are many factors you will want to consider when filing for divorce. Find out what type of divorce is right for you.
How long will it take for the Court to issue a Decree of Dissolution of Marriage? The earliest a Colorado court could issues the divorce decree is 91 days after the petition was filed. However it can take longer than 91 days, as expert valuations and reports may be needed.
How can a divorce attorney help with an uncontested divorce? Uncontested divorce generally means the parties have agreed upon all issues, or they believe they will be able to easily agree on all issues. A divorce attorney can help with an uncontested divorce by ensuring everything drafted properly.
What are mandatory financial disclosures? Financial disclosures are required of both parties in every divorce case, within the first 45 days after the petition has been filed. The exchange of mandatory financial disclosures is intended to put each party on a level playing field as it relates to the finances of the divorce.
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