New Maintenance Rules in 2019
If you didn't know, on January 1st, 2019 the rules changed for how maintenance is taxed and it could impact your maintenance calculations.

Divorce Matters offers a free child support and maintenance calculator app. If you are concerned about how these new rules may affect you, be sure to download the app as we have updated it to reflect these changes.

You can download the app by clicking this link here . If you have any questions about the change to the maintenance laws, call us at 720-542-6142 to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our attorneys or contact us here .
Enjoying Your Valentine's Day After Divorce
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and for those who are recently divorced this can be an unwelcome holiday that feels like it only serves as a reminder of your divorce. Give these suggestions a try if you're looking for ways to take your mind off of things this February 14th!

One way to overcome sadness and stress is to exercise. Why not actually start that workout regimen you promised yourself you would begin on January 1st? Exercise is scientifically proven to reduce stress and help with depression. It is also a good way to take care of yourself. So instead of curling up on the couch in defeat, get out there and go for a run.

Another great way to spend the evening is to invite some of your closest friends out for a friends’ dinner. Choose a restaurant that takes reservations and make sure to reserve a table large enough for your group. Don’t get caught up trying to book a table at the “trendiest” spot downtown. Instead, opt for a favorite where you know it will be good and enjoy the company of your close friends.

Finally, if you really do want to go it alone and spend the night in, treat yourself! Ahead of the evening, go and buy the ingredients for your favorite recipe. Spend the time cooking a delicious meal for yourself and watching a favorite movie or catching up on that Netflix show you've been meaning to get around to. For some, quality time spent with yourself can be the best remedy.

The most important thing to remember about Valentine’s Day is that it is meant to be a holiday to spend with loved ones. This doesn’t mean it has to be a significant other, that love can extend to your friends, your family, and yourself.
Common Law Marriage And Divorce In Colorado
The face of marriage is changing. More and more committed couples are delaying marriage to jump-start careers or simply manage their finances. With the stigma once associated with cohabitation a relic of the past, many couples are choosing to live together, committed, yet single.

But with any relationship, married or otherwise, sometimes things do not work out as planned. And when non-married couples who have had children together, jointly purchased homes, shared debt, and made future plans find themselves facing a “divorce,” the process of separating their lives often requires legal intervention.

What is a Common Law Marriage in Colorado?

In Colorado, a common law marriage can be defined as a marriage between a man and a woman that is based on the couple’s agreement to have a marital relationship and not based on a formal ceremony or other legal formality.

There are numerous factors, however, that must exist for a relationship to be recognized as a common law marriage. Simply because a couple has lived together for a period of time does not mean they meet the requirements. In some situations, a couple can cohabitate for 10, 15, even 20 years and still not be considered married under common law. So how is a common law marriage determined in Colorado? Couples seeking common law designation must meet the following basic criteria, although the court will also look at other aspects of the relationship:

  1. Holding themselves out as husband and wife;
  2. Consenting to the marriage;
  3. Cohabitation;
  4. Having the reputation in the community as being married.

Dissolving a Common Law Marriage:

Is there such a thing as a “Common Law Divorce”? How do you deal with separation if you are common law married? Do just agree to go your separate ways and that is that?

As with all aspects of family and divorce law, it is not that simple. Because—for all intents and purposes—you are legally married even without an official marriage certificate and you will need to follow the same divorce process as a legally married couple. You may still be responsible for spousal maintenance (alimony) and dividing property.

As a common law married couple, you have the same rights and privileges as a traditionally married couple—as well as the same responsibilities—as long as you meet the requirements for your union to be considered common law. In addition to sorting through all of the obligations that you held together as a couple, you also are unable to remarry until the divorce is finalized.

If you have questions about common law marriage in Colorado, give the attorneys at Divorce Matters a call at 720-542-6142 or fill out our form here .
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