What Is The Process For A Child Custody Case In Colorado?

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What Are My Rights When Going Through A Divorce?

You have a number of different rights under Colorado law. The first right that you have is the right to know the financial situation of your spouse. In some instances parties keep their finances separate, and you have no clue what your husband or wife has in terms of...
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What Is The Difference Between Legal Separation And Divorce?

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Can I Obtain Custody Of My Step Child In Colorado?

The answer is “Yes,” and it depends upon a number of different factors. If it’s a situation where you would like to adopt your stepchild, then you would need to show that the biological parent of the child consents to you adopting the child or that...
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Marital Agreements

Creating an agreement that takes care of some of the financial aspects of a marriage doesn’t have to kill the romance of a relationship. In fact, it shows that both parties care about their financial well-being, while being prepared for any scenario that may arise. Whether it be an agreement before the marriage (a prenuptial agreement) or an agreement that is established by a couple that is already married (a postnuptial agreement), our experienced Colorado family law attorneys can help you through each step of the process.

Now that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has been signed into law it is important to understand what making this commitment means for you and your partner.

Here at Lewis & Matthews we have been working with same sex couples to assist in dissolution matters since 2007. We have also partnered with The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco on Appeal.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you Common Law Married in Colorado?

Colorado Common Law Marriage

In Colorado you don’t have to get married to be legally married. If you are eligible to be married (i.e.; age of majority, not married to anyone else, mentally capable) then the court looks to a three-prong test to determine if the couple is married under common law. There is no waiting period in Colorado to be married under common law.

Three Prong Test for Common Law Marriage in Colorado

Does the couple:

  • Hold themselves out as married
  • Have the intent to be married
  • co-habitate

Evidence of Common Law Marriage in Colorado

The court will hear evidence from both parties and decide as a matter of fact if the couple is married under common law. Some of the evidence that may be presented to prove a common law marriage includes:

  • The filing of joint tax returns
  • Key documents that list the parties as spouses including medical insurance and/or household bills
  • The parties are listed as spouses on the title to assets.
  • Testimony of witnesses
  • Testimony of parties

When you choose Lewis & Matthews to represent you, one of our attorneys will present evidence and represent your interests in court. Ultimately the judge will look at all the evidence and decide if the three-prong test has been met. If so, the couple will be considered married under the law in Colorado. If the couple wishes to no longer be married they will have to dissolve their marriage in the same way a couple would if they were formally married under state law.

If you would like to ask one of our attorneys a question about Common Law Marriage in Colorado or skip that step and come in for a fee consultation, we encourage you to do so.

If you feel that you may be married under common law and are contemplating a divorce proceeding you can review information on Colorado divorce and legal separation and look at why Lewis & Matthews are the right attorneys for you.

How are Agreements for Same Sex Marriage in Colorado Different?

Now that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has been signed into law it is important to understand what making this commitment means for you and your partner.

Here at Lewis & Matthews we have been working with same sex couples to assist in dissolution matters since 2007. We have also partnered with The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in San Francisco on Appeal.

Here is a testimonial from a former client who’s 30 year same sex relationship split before the civil union bill:

“Dear Leslie and Ken, Over the last 31/2 years, a painful and confusing time for me, you have been my rock and my compass, you listened to my concerns; you patiently answered the hundreds of questions I asked; in preparing me for trial, you lessened my nervousness and strengthened my belief in my case; you pursued a myriad of legal avenues-professional colleagues, experts, the Gill Foundation, and ultimately NCLR- which assured me of your total commitment to blind equality. And finally, I am grateful for the kindness you have shown me. You will never know how much your support and friendship means to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Contact us for help with Same Sex Marriages in Colorado:

Please feel free to give us a call to get your questions answered about the rights and responsibilities associated with Marriage.

We are also prepared to assist you if you are interested in a Pre-Nupital Agreement to bring clarity to what you are agreeing to prior to entering a Marriage. Pre-Nupital Agreements can set out how to deal with separate property and Marital property as well as issues of maintenance (alimony).

This is an exciting time and it is wise to understand what this breakthrough legislation means before you enter into the commitment of Marriage.

Call Jennifer Lewis at 720-606-4457 for a  phone consultation.

Review additional Colorado divorce law information by using the links in the upper left or Ask our Colorado Same Sex Marriage lawyers a legal question.

What Is The Process For A Child Custody Case In Colorado?

...
Read More

What Are My Rights When Going Through A Divorce?

You have a number of different rights under Colorado law. The first right that you have is the right to know the financial situation of your spouse. In some instances parties keep their finances separate, and you have no clue what your husband or wife has in terms of...
Read More

What Is The Difference Between Legal Separation And Divorce?

...
Read More

Can I Obtain Custody Of My Step Child In Colorado?

The answer is “Yes,” and it depends upon a number of different factors. If it’s a situation where you would like to adopt your stepchild, then you would need to show that the biological parent of the child consents to you adopting the child or that...
Read More