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Common Law Marriage

Learn About Common Law Marriage
And How It Affects You

Common-law marriage is a form of legal marriage where the parties have not submitted to a formal marriage proceeding.  Common law marriages are recognized by some U.S. States, Canada and many European countries.  Normally, recognition of such a marriage does not require legal documents to be completed but many couples considered joined by such complete protective documents with regards to their assets and children.

Subjects of concern to those legally married by common law marriage laws include feeling they are in a trap and what alimony payments could be required to their spouse should the marriage dissolve.

Common law marriages are recognized in all states where the marriage was legally contracted in a state that permits such marriages.  Presently only a hand full of states still permit common law marriage.  These states include, Alabama, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.  California does not.

New Hampshire also recognizes such marriages but only for purposes of probate.  The state only recognizes the marriage posthumously when one of the parties to the marriage dies to enable the surviving party to more easily inherit the couple's assets.  While the couple are both living the state does not recognize the marriage.

Some states have just recently abolished the creation of any new common law marriage contracts.  These include Georgia in 1997, Idaho in 1996, Ohio in 1991 and Pennsylvania in 2003.

In Utah, a common law married couple who has a marital breakup must obtain a declaration of marriage from a court within one year after the breakup.  If the couple does not obtain this declaration within one year, the state will not recognize the validity of the marriage and division of marital property will be settled by a civil court as a contract question rather than by the family law court as a divorce question.  This distinction my create serious differences in the disposition of property for most couples.

In Texas, if a couple does not establish the existence of a legal common law marriage within two years after breaking up, the marriage is considered to have never existed.

As a general rule, if a couple holds themselves out to others as husband and wife, then they will be presumed to be legally married until proven otherwise.  It does not matter if marriage vows have been taken by the couple.  Since a couple considered married by common law marriage does not have a certificate of marriage to prove the marriage, they may be required to pass other tests to prove they have a valid marriage.  Although the requirements to prove common law marriage vary by jurisdiction, one or more of the following are commonly required:

  1. The couple presents themselves to society as husband and wife.
  2. They must behave as husband and wife in their daily lives.
  3. One party has changed their last name to that of the other.
  4. The couple files tax returns under the "married" status
  5. Both parties consent to the marriage and do not feel coerced into the marriage.
  6. The couple has cohabitated for a specified period of time.
  7. The couple has made a declaration of marriage before a judge and it has been filed with the county clerk.

An engagement or agreement to be married at a future date is generally considered evidence that the couple is NOT married.

Although a couple may be permitted to join into common law marriage, there are no provisions for common law divorce.  A couple legally married by common law marriage wishing to divorce must file a petition for dissolution of marriage just as if it were a traditional marriage.

 

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Cohabiting Couples Warned Of Aposcommon Law Marriageapos Myths BBC News
The Times Cohabiting couples warned of 39common law marriage39 myths BBC News Millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights if the relationship breaks down, a family law group has warned. Resolution carried out a survey which found two thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe quotcommon law Marriage myth leaves millions risking ruinThe Times all 8 news articles raquo

Bermuda Votes To Ban Gay Marriage Just Six Months After Legalizing It Newsweek
Newsweek Bermuda Votes to Ban Gay Marriage Just Six Months After Legalizing It Newsweek Back in May, Bermuda39s Supreme Court ruled that a ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional, stating the common law discriminates against same sex couples by excluding them from marriage. However, the new ruling on domestic partnerships was Domestic Partnership Bill passed in SenateRoyal Gazette If Bermuda Re Bans Same Sex Marriage, It Will Make Global, Anti Gay HistoryDaily Beast Bermuda now votes to end same sex marriageANI News Bernews The Daily Caller PinkNews Royal Gazette all 112 news articles raquo

NMI High Court: Legislature Has Abolished Common Law Marriage Marianas Variety
NMI high court: Legislature has abolished common law marriage Marianas Variety Press Release On Dec. 7, 2017, the CNMI Supreme Court issued its decision in Santos v. Commonwealth, 2017 MP 12. After a thorough examination of CNMI law governing marriages, the high court concluded that the Legislature has abolished common law

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Chattanooga Times Free Press Bradley County clerk seeks dismissal of marriage license lawsuit Chattanooga Times Free Press While Fowler objected to the motion, he spent the bulk of the hearing on his own arguments why the Supreme Court39s ruling quotusurpedquot the Legislature39s right to decide on marriage laws and handed it instead to judges. Fowler said it39s up to the General

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