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“How Long Have You Legally Been a Couple?” is a Complicated Question (with significant implications)

If you have been in a long-term relationship with someone of the same sex and you decide to go your separate ways, you may be legally obligated to pay spousal support and your partner may be entitled to marital assets even if you never married. Alternately, you may be legally entitled to spousal support and marital assets. Surprised? You’re not alone. Same-sex marriage becoming legal in Colorado in 2014 and the passage of the Colorado Civil Union Act the prior year have ushered new opportunities and obligations—and likely some confusion--for same-sex couples in Colorado. Then this past December, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in In re Marriage of Hogsett that same-sex couples have the r

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