In some states Common law marriage is a legally recognized marriage between a man and woman who have not purchased a marriage license or had their marriage solemnized by a ceremony. But I have not heard of same sex couples being common law wed. Also if Common law married couples separate for a few years, is that considered a Common Law Divorce?
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Au fait, thank you for the comment and answering this question. I don't think people who enter into a relationship necessarily think of it as being common law, especially at the beginning.
Thanks for the great answer, I can see that you researched.
Actually I've had a common law marriage and having been married to a lawyer for almost 19 years, working beside him for many of them, I have reason to know these things.
A F...In Texas, must a common law be "registered" w/ the jurisdiction to be legitimate? NY does not recognize Com. law, OH requires only agrmt~ , time & public acknowlgmnt..sort of crzy...PA is even different than both. Thanks!
Yes, Texas requires a document be signed by both parties and registered with the county. That is a fairly recent law. Less than 10 years old.
NY abandoned common law in the '30's. The Ohio common law is interesting. My friend lives there (I did also for 2 yrs) & we talked about this at length for some reason. This is why I remember.
Paula, I am so happy to see you, Thanks for the comment.
No you did not confuse me and I understand exactly what you are saying.
Thank you for your answer, this is what I thought, but was not sure.
Blessings and hugs my dear friend.
Actually, I always base things on my little Tri-State area NY-PA-OH~~as Au fait said, "every State is different" & I believe MOST don't even recognize common law. I can't see why not, really. BUT that's the way it goes.
Very few states recognize common law marriage. I would say easily fewer than 20.
"State" directed laws are difficult to FOLLOW (as they change) but I much prefer that our entire Country not be identical in all ways! It's only fair & right to have options.
Thank you Lawrence, I appreciate your answering my question. My hubby and I are also old fashioned.