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Common Law Marriage Attorney in Denver

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Some couples choose to forego the customary marriage and opt for a common law marriage. There are many benefits to this alternative, but there are also some factors that spouses in a common law marriage should be aware of. If you and your spouse decide to be in a common law marriage and then later decide to separate, you are subject to the same divorce proceedings as that of a traditionally married couple. It is important to know your rights and responsibilities by taking to a capable Denver divorce attorney if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

What establishes a common law marriage in Colorado?

In Colorado, a common law marriage is established when both parties mutually agree to be openly considered as husband and wife.

Other things that may establish a common law marriage include:

Joint filing on tax returns

Cohabitation

Wife taking surname of husband

Joint checking or savings, etc.

The court may also consider how long the couple has been together as well as their behavior and actions during the time they were in a relationship. It is important to be aware that a common law marriage is not established simply by the couple living together. As the state recognizes this as a real marriage, when the couple wants to separate, the divorce proceeding will look exactly the same.

Skilled & Caring Family Law Representation in Denver

Our Denver family lawyer here at Jones Law Firm, PC has the experience and drive to work with you and arrive at a strategy that will best suit your needs. Whether you and your spouse have decided on a legal separation, an uncontested divorce or any type of divorce situation, it’s important to have competent help. Our legal team may be able to help you with the property division and marital property, alimony and spousal maintenance, child support and/or child custody issues that may arise from your common law marriage case.

Contact Jones Law Firm, PC today to learn more about common law marriage in Colorado.

Am I eligible for a divorce or annulment?

Divorce is defined as the final ending or dissolving of a marriage as ordered by the court. In order to file for a divorce within a certain county, you or your spouse must have lived in the county for at least 90 days. If you do not want to file for a divorce, but rather want to prove that the marriage was not valid — i.e., obtain an annulment — there are other ways by which you end the marriage.

By declaring a marriage to be invalid through an annulment, one of the following
scenarios must apply:

One spouse was not able to give consent due to mental incapacity or because he / she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs

One spouse did not have the capacity to consummate the marriage but the other spouse was unaware of this at the time of the marriage

One spouse was under the age of consent and did not receive parental permission to become married

The marriage was entered into as a dare or joke

You can also request a legal separation in lieu of a divorce. If you and your spouse become legally separated, you will technically still be married but you are permitted to live separately. Matters of child custody and support still need to be resolved if you pursue a legal separation, just as you would in a divorce case.

How long will my divorce take?

Depending on whether you file a contested or uncontested divorce, your case could take anywhere from six months to one year. Our legal team however, can help you obtain temporary orders that protect you and appeal to your best
interests while details of the divorce are being resolved. With our extensive experience and vast knowledge of Colorado family law, we know how a judge is likely to rule on any given case. Our goal is to help you formulate a compelling and persuasive case so that you can achieve a satisfactory outcome.

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At Jones Law Firm, PC, our team knows how to address all of these aspects of divorce proceedings for our clients. Whether amicable or stormy, your divorce proceeding will come with its own unique challenges. Our experience and drive to meet the goals of our clients can help lighten that burden. We can help you mediate your matter peacefully outside of court, or if you disagree on the terms of the divorce we can aggressively litigate the matter at trial. With a long track record of successful results and a history that includes over two decades of experience and consistent referrals from our peers, colleagues, and clients, you can trust that Jones Law Firm, PC is the team to call.

We are dedicated to pursuing the best outcomes possible for our
Denver clients: Contact us today at (888) 850-9851 to learn more or to get started with a free consultation.

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I cannot be more happy with the April Jones Law Firm! I hired her in 2012 for disputes over child support and other items, we had to go to court 3 times on separate matters and every time we were successful. April is very knowledgeable of the law and will not let you down. If I ever need a family law attorney I will call April Jones.

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April is awesome! She definitely knows what’s going on with everything in court. I couldn’t have gotten a better outcome.

Terri

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April and staff were wonderful. It made a difficult time of life softer while maintaining my dignity.

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Once the process became too difficult for me to navigate through I decided to seek Family Law services.

The firm is professional, positive and grounded in their approach. Everyone in the office is always willing to help and is extremely flexible, which I can say is valued by a working professional. There has always been open and prompt communication. Hannah ultimately won our case, and she did so by having strong intellect, presentation skills, and a genuine interest in the well-being of both my daughter and I. I will continue to value the relationship and expertise long after the issues are resolved.

R.P.M.

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I really appreciated April’s straightforward, no-nonsense approach to settling my divorce. It was very refreshing. April is well prepared and understands the law and court processes and procedures well beyond anything I have experienced, ensuring success. I will be a customer for life.

J.M.

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