Dissolution of Common Law Marriage
In Colorado, we have a thing called common law marriage. Common law marriage means you can marry your partner without a marriage license or ceremony, simply by intending to marry each other. There must be mutual intent to be married. No one is common law married automatically by living together for a certain amount of time, or for any other reason.
There is no such thing as common law divorce though. So if you are common law married, you must still divorce through the courts.
Sometimes one spouse claims to not be common law married while the other claims to be. In those cases, the court will set a hearing and ask both parties to present evidence and/or testimony to prove why they believe they are or are not married. At Taibo Coombe Law, we can discuss what your burden of proof will be to show you are or are not married.