Colorado is one of few states that still recognizes common law marriage. These cases are legally and factually complex, and it is important to have experienced representation guide you while you’re preparing your case to the court.
A common law marriage arises in Colorado based on an agreement to be married and an outward expression of that agreement. It does not require any specific ceremony or document, and thus, when contested, common law marriages are fact-specific litigations that require strong investigation and trial skills.
Many legal issues surrounding common law marriages arise because of widespread misconceptions about what constitutes such a relationship. In the absence of legal documentation, there is no single defining factor or situation that means you and your long-term partner are married. Here are some of the most common questions surrounding this issue.