Myself and boyfriend have been together for 3 years now, we have been living together for all 3 of those years. 2 of the years were in Virginia, which no longer recoginizes common law marriages. We have been in Colorado for a year now, we have a joint checking and savings account. Gym mebership, A townhouse with our names on it, bills with both our names on it, Im on his mothers car insurance, but we file our taxes seperate. We still use our own last names.
Im trying to figure out if the state views us as common law married, and when we do actually have a formal wedding next year, is it like we're getting married for a second time?
Is there a database that has lists of names for those married in the state? Or is it just a suprise? I see it says both parties have to consist to the marriage but I've heard of case where people dont know for years that they are married. Do they mail you a form of some sort? And how do they know how long we've been living together? I thought checking accounts were private information, I plan to marry him as he does I, but if we're already common law married, is there a need for a ceramony or could we just plan a reception? We filed our taxes seprate this year, if we're common law married did we file them wrong? Is that considered tax fraud even if we didnt know we we're common law married?