Colorado courts refused to issue divorces to couples last week after a new court ruling overturned a previous ruling that found the state didn’t have to honor their marriage contracts.
A Colorado appellate court on Thursday refused to reinstate a ruling by a Colorado Superior Court judge that ordered the state to honor the contracts of two men who were divorcing after they had been married in 2016.
The Denver Post first reported the ruling, which was issued by a three-judge panel of the Colorado Supreme Court.
The men, James and Andrew Wills, had sued Colorado for failing to honor marriage contracts between them.
They were awarded $2.4 million by a judge in November for their legal expenses.
Colorado has since overturned the ruling in the case of a couple whose marriage contract was inked in 2015, and is appealing the decision.
Wills’ lawyers had argued that the Colorado courts violated their right to due process when they ordered him to get his divorce documents approved by a divorce lawyer.WILLS’ LAWYER: The courts didn’t do anything wrong.
They didn’t violate the contract.
They just took the contract away from me, which I think was just a horrible, horrible decision.
And I’m just not going to let that happen again.COVERAGE: Wills and his lawyer have been in the news before for their divorce.
The couple filed for divorce in March 2016, alleging Wills cheated on her and then killed himself in July.
The couple sought a divorce in Colorado in December, after Wills told the Colorado Department of Social Services he was separating from his wife of three years, who he said had left him in 2016 and was pregnant with a new child.WILSONS: I have had my life changed.
I have lost my job, my income.
I’ve lost my income, my marriage.
COVERAGE COURT: The two were married in August 2016.WILS: I want to make sure my kids are safe, and my life is safe.COVERS: The divorce processThe couple’s attorney argued that Colorado’s divorce laws do not allow courts to grant a divorce unless there is “reasonable cause” to believe a spouse has abused or neglected the other.WILLEW: The court is saying that we are in violation of the constitution, which says that you have the right to your own life and your own body.COOPER: Wils’ lawyer also argued that marriage contracts can be legally changed and invalidated when the couple has a child.
The judge in the original ruling rejected Wills’ argument, but agreed with the new ruling by the Colorado Court of Appeals.
The appeals court said Wills had not been given “reasonable notice” that he could be awarded damages for the $2,400 he was awarded by the court in 2016, and that the couple had a “clear and present danger” that they would be denied their divorce by a court.
The ruling, however, does not make clear what that risk would be.
Wills said he would file a complaint with the Colorado Judicial System.