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How Does an Annulment Affect Children?

Though Colorado will invalidate a marriage, retroactive to the date it was entered into, the laws pertaining to spousal maintenance, parenting time, decision making, and child support still apply. C.R.S. 14-10-111(6).

While this was something that may have been very important to the parents of the children and the children themselves in the past, these days one would be challenged to find a statute which distinguished between children born in or out of wedlock.

For purposes of parenting time and child support, an annulment is treated no differently than a dissolution of marriage or legal separation - the same statutory considerations of best interests of the children apply to an annulment, as do the same child support guidelines.

It does not matter which spouse was at fault, or who was the aggrieved spouse in an annulment, unless the reason happens to also show that parenting time with one of the parties is not in the children's best interest.

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