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Understanding common law marriage in the state of Colorado

Colorado is one of 12 states that recognize the legality of common law marriage. However, this type of marriage goes beyond many years of cohabitation and being in a romantic relationship. The lawyers at Marrison Family Law provide some stipulations that make a common law marriage legal and binding in the state.

Both parties must agree that they are married.

For common law marriage to be binding, the two parties must have mutual consent regarding their marital arrangement. They must also be open about their status, meaning that they are publicly known as a married couple. Contrary to popular belief, the length of the cohabitation doesn't really matter if both parties publicly declare their marriage even without a license, ceremony, or documentation. In the state of Colorado, both parties must be at least 18 years old and not in a bigamous or incestuous relationship.

It is possible to find legal documentation to prove the existence of a common law marriage.

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