(21053) Wed 3 Feb 93 11:15a
By: KARIN CONOVER-LEWIS
Re: State of Colorado Marriage
The following is copied directly from County Records, Las Animas County,
Colorado, regarding requirements for marriage within the state:
Marriage and Rights of Married Women
UNIFORM MARRIAGE ACT
14-2-106. License to marry. (1)(a) When a marriage application has been
completed and signed by both parties to a prospective marriage and at
least one party has appeared before the county clerk and recorder and
has paid the marriage license fee of seven dollars plus an additional
fee of ten dollars, except as provided in paragraph (c) of this
subsection (1), such additional fee to be credited to the Colorado
children's trust fund pursuant to section 19-3.5-106, C.R.S., and an
additional amount established pursuant to section 25-2-121, C.R.S., such
amount to be credited to the vital statistics records cash fund pursuant
to section 25-2-121, C.R.S., the county clerk shall issue a license to
marry and a marriage certificate form upon being furnished:
(III) Repealed, L.86, p. 711, s1, effective July 1, 1989.
(c) The additional ten-dollar fee authorized in paragraph (a) of this
subsection (1) to be credited to the Colorado children's trust fund
shall not be assessed after the balance in such fund exceeds five
million dollars, nor shall such fee be assessed after June 30, 1994, and
all moneys remaining in the fund on said date shall revert to the
(2) Repealed, L. 86, p. 711, s1, effective July 1, 1989.
Source: IP(1)(a) amended and (1)(c) added, L. 99, p. 936, s2, effective
14-2-109. Solemnization and registration. (1) A marriage may be
solemnized by a judge of a court of record, by a court magistrate of a
court of record, by a retired judge of a court of record, by a public
official whose powers include solemnization of marriages, or in
accordance with any mode of solemnization recognized by any religious
denomination or Indian nation or tribe. Either the person solemnizing
the marriage or, if no individual acting alone solemnized the marriage,
a party to the marriage shall complete the marriage certificate form and
forward it to the county clerk and recorder. Any person who fails to
forward the marriage certificate to the couny clerk and recorder as
required by this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction
thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than twenty dollars nor
more than fifty dollars.
Source: (1) amended, L. 89, p. 781, s1, effective April 4; (1) amended,
L. 91, p. 359, s19, effective April 9.
PART 3 (part 2 skipped, deals with property rights, right to sue and be
COLORADO MARITAL AGREEMENT ACT
14-2-110 (3) Upon receipt of the marriage certificate, the county clerk
and recorder shall register the marriage.
Source: R & RE, L. 73, p. 1019, s1; C.R.S. 1963, s90-1-9; L. 79, p.637,
14-2-110. Prohibited marriages. (1) The following marriages are
(a) A marriage entered into prior to the dissolution of an earlier
marriage of one of the parties;
(b) A marriage between an ancestor and a descendant or between a
brother and a sister, whether the relationship is by the half or the
(c) A marriage between an uncle and a niece or between an aunt and a
nephew, whether the relationship is by the half or the whole blood,
except as to marriages permitted by the established customs of
(2) Children born of a prohibited marriage are legitimate.
Source: R & RE, L. 73, p. 1019, s1; C.R.S. 1963, s90-1-10; L. 78, p.
14-2-111. Putative spouse. Any person who has cohabited wtih another to
whom he is not legally married in the good faith belief that he was
married to that person is a putative spouse until knowledge of the fact
that he is not legally married terminates his status and prevents
acquisition of further rights. Children born of putative spouses are
legitimate. A putative spouse acquires the rights conferred upon a legal
spouse, including the right to maintenance following termination of his
status, whether or not the marriage is prohibited under section
14-2-110, declared invalid, or otherwise terminated by court action. If
there is a legal spouse or ther putative spouses, rights acquired by a
putative spouse do not supersede the rights of the legal spouse or those
acquired by other putative spouses, but the court shall apportion
property, maintenance, and support rights among the claimants as
appropriate in the circumstances and in the interests of justice.
Source: R & RE, L. 73, p. 1019, s1; C.R.S. 1963, s90-1-11.
END OF QUOTED MATERIAL
This information is current and up-to-date as of 3 February, 1993. There
appears to be no requirement that a minister or other officiating person
register with the State or County prior to performing a wedding,
provided that such person is qualified to perform the ceremony under
Part 1, subsection 14-2-109. Colorado has some very liberal laws, in
many cases..... and some extremely restictive ones in other areas.
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