December 31, 2014

Concluding our blog series Colorado Common Law Marriage: 7 Myths Debunked, below, we will shed some light on the facts behind some more common myths about Colorado common law marriage.

Myth 5 – Whether I’m in a Colorado common law marriage only matters if I want to end my relationship.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Colorado common law marriage is that ending these marriages is easier than ending a traditional marriage.

One of the biggest misconceptions about Colorado common law marriage is that ending these marriages is easier than ending a traditional marriage.

Fact – False! In fact, if it’s been established that you are in a Colorado common law marriage, there can be other legal implications to this relationship that you should be aware of. For instance, being in a Colorado common law marriage can create inheritance rights for a common law spouse.

What this can mean is that you may want to have special protections in place for yourself, your assets and/or your children before entering into a Colorado common law marriage. In particular, this can make it important to have a palimony agreement in place so that the terms of the Colorado common law marriage are clear.

Myth 6 – Ending a Colorado common law marriage is not as complicated as the traditional divorce process usually is. 

Fact – Wrong. Of course, ending a marriage – regardless of whether it’s a Colorado common law marriage or a traditional marriage – can be very straightforward in some cases, such as when a couple has little assets, no children and/or an amiable relationship after their separation. However, so too can both a Colorado common law marriage and a traditional marriage be extremely contentious, complicated and challenging to end. For instance, when allegations of infidelity enter the picture ending any type of marriage can be a heated battle.

What this can end up meaning for partners ending a Colorado common law marriage is that they end up having to deal with some of the same proceedings, as well as financial and emotional costs, as people in traditional divorce face.

Myth 7 – I don’t need a lawyer to help me end my Colorado common law marriage.

Fact – Wrong again! Given that ending a Colorado common law marriage can be as complicated as traditional divorce, it’s strongly advised that people retain an experienced divorce attorney to represent them so that:

  • Their interests are fully protected and advocated throughout the process.
  • The psychological and financial costs of their divorce are kept to a minimum.
  • They can resolve their divorce case as favorably and efficiently as possible.

Littleton, Colorado Divorce Lawyers at Bahr and Kreidle

Are you preparing to end a common law or traditional marriage? If so, you can turn to the Littleton divorce attorneys at Bahr and Kreidle for experienced help and the best possible representation. Since 1983, our lawyers have been aggressively advocating our clients’ rights to help them successfully resolve their divorce cases.

To learn more about how we can help you, schedule a free, no obligations initial consultation with us. To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.

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Categories: Divorce, Family Law