Here is the conclusion to our blog series The Facts behind 7 Myths about Common Law Marriage in Colorado.
More Myths about Common Law Marriage Dispelled
Myth 5 – I’m about to move in with my partner, but there’s no way I could be entering a common law marriage, right?
Fact – Wrong! You need to be careful when moving in with significant others, as the way you publicly present yourselves can play a critical role in establishing a common law marriage exists. In fact, if you and your partner move in together and open present yourselves as “married” in public, it can be argued that you are in a common law marriage in Colorado.
Myth 6 – There’s no “common law marriage” license, so there aren’t any documents to prove the existence of a common law marriage in Colorado.
Fact – Wrong again! Various documents can be used to help establish (or to refute the presence of) a common law marriage in Colorado. For instance, these documents can include (but are by no means limited to):
- Insurance policies that list partners as beneficiaries
- Mortgage loan documents that list both partners’ names on them (as jointly owning property can be used to establish a common law marriage in Colorado)
- Tax documents that show the partners filing joint returns
- Bank account statements that show shared accounts and/or investments.
Additionally, less formal “documents” may be used to further support contentions that a common law marriage in Colorado exists. For example, a holiday card showing the couple as a family and maybe even identifying the partners as “Mr.” and “Mrs.” (with the same surname) can help establish a common law marriage exists.
Myth 7 – I don’t need a lawyer to help me when I end my common law marriage.
Fact – Wrong! While you can try to get through a common law divorce alone, if you do, it’s far more likely that you will not obtain the best possible settlement or resolution, and this could, in turn, have significant impacts on your life for years to come. For example, if you don’t work out a favorable agreement regarding custody and/or the division of the ‘marital’ debt, then your relationship with your child may suffer, and/or you may face significant financial burdens years into the future.
Instead, make sure that your rights and interests are protected throughout the divorce process by having an experienced attorney on your side.
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