Colorado doesn’t recognize community property, as it’s a separate property state. However, the Uniform Disposition of Community Property Rights at Death Act (UDCPRDA) was adopted by Colorado legislators in 1973.
The Colorado UCDPRDA law provides that when one married person dies, half of the marital property goes to the surviving spouse. The other half belongs to the deceased person and will be distributed according to his or her will or the Colorado intestate succession laws. The surviving spouse will also receive a portion of this marital property as the main beneficiary of his or her will. If the deceased spouse disinherited his or her spouse in the will, the surviving spouse can take an “elective share” of the estate.
Common law marriages are recognized in Colorado and common law spouses can inherit from their deceased spouses.
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