What Every Couple Should Know About Common Law Marriage
If you’re in a committed relationship, you may have heard of common law marriage. But do you really know what it is and what it means for your relationship? Here’s what every couple should know about common law marriage.
Common law marriage is a legal status that is recognized in some states and other jurisdictions. It is a marriage that is legally valid even though it is not officially recorded with the government. The couple must meet certain criteria to be considered legally married by common law. The criteria typically includes living together for a certain period of time, representing to others that you are married, and having the intention to be married. Common law marriage does not automatically grant all the same rights and responsibilities as a formal marriage.
In order to be legally married under common law in Colorado, both partners must agree to be married, live together as a married couple, and present to the public as a married couple. Additionally, the court will consider if the couple has joint finances, owns property together, files taxes together, if the spouses use the same last name, the couple’s beliefs about marriage, symbols of commitment (such as rings or a wedding ceremony), and the couple’s labels for each other.
It’s important to understand that common law marriage is not recognized in all states. Colorado is a state that recognizes common law marriage. It’s also important to be aware that common law marriage does not protect you from certain legal issues. For example, if you get divorced, you still need to go through the courts and the same divorce process as a traditional marriage.
Finally, it’s important to know that common law marriage does not provide the same financial benefits as a traditional marriage. This includes Social Security, inheritance, and tax benefits. If you’re in a committed relationship, it’s important to understand the legal implications of common law marriage.
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Common law marriage is a complex legal issue with serious implications. If you have any questions or concerns about your relationship or common law marriage, give us a call at (303) 261-8111 or fill out our online form here.