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common-law marriage

n.
A form of marriage, available in some jurisdictions, that may be established by meeting certain legal requirements such as declaring the intent to be regarded as married and cohabiting, rather than as a result of obtaining an official license.

com′mon-law` mar′riage


n.
a marriage without a civil or ecclesiastical ceremony, usu. based on a couple's living together continuously as husband and wife.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.common-law marriage - a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock, union - the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
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In contrast to common law marriage, no state permits couples to dissolve a marriage by informal means.
This arrangement is only recognized in a few states and the District of Columbia, and some states recognize common law marriages law-fully entered into in other states.
Goffe said that even though "some states still refuse to give full faith and credit to common law marriages," if the common law marriage is formed in a state that recognizes it, it is recognized for federal purposes as well.
The states recognizing common law marriages all have their own rules, but living together for a given amount of years will generally not be enough to qualify.
section] 20-1-360 (1976) (South Carolina's common law marriage provision); TEX.
Therefore, in general, if a common law marriage is valid where it is
211 (WEST 2011); see Common Law Marriage in Florida, FLDIvORCEONL1NE.
In the 2010 South Dakota Supreme Court decision, In Re Estate of Duval, it was determined that an explicit agreement to be married must exist in order for South Dakota to recognize a common law marriage created in another jurisdiction.
A common law marriage, sometimes called an English common law marriage, might be more aptly termed a canon law marriage, since it derives us origin from the canon law at the time when the canon law was the common law of western Europe': Lazanwicz v Lazarewicz [1962] P 171, 177 (Phillimore).
25) Despite the existence of common law marriage, (26) there is no corresponding common law divorce.
The Rwandan government suggests increasing awareness of the importance of formalizing a marriage and the dangers of entering a polygamous or common law marriage.
Cynthia Grant Bowman, "A Feminist Proposal to Bring Back Common Law Marriage," Oregon Law Review 75 (1996): 712-13; Nancy F.