common-law marriage

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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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As mentioned above, the immigration regulations provide that if one partner is unable to cohabit with the other due to persecution or any form of penal control, the partner may be considered a common-law partner for the purposes of the visa application.
They were also more likely to sustain injuries and to fear for their lives as a result of violence by a spouse or common-law partner than were non-Aboriginal victims.
However, where such funds are received by a surviving spouse or common-law partner, or a financially dependent child, the funds can instead be included in the recipient's income.
the individual's spouse or common-law partner is entitled to receive all of the income of the trust that arises before the spouse's or common-law partner's death and no person except the spouse or the common-law partner may before their death receive or obtain the use of any of the income or the capital or the trust,
There is still some debate about whether or not it is appropriate to grant the same benefits and impose the same obligations on common-law partners as on married couples--after all, if people choose NOT to marry, should the same obligations vis-a-vis property and financial support be imposed on them as on those who do choose to marry?
So, even while the grieving family members of the dead man was preparing for his last rites, the local villagers huddled, discussed the woman's predicament and finally decided to perform her marriage to her dead common-law partner.
Pursuant to this section, a foreign national may immigrate on the basis of his or her relationship as the spouse, common-law partner, child, parent or other prescribed family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
In more than two-thirds of common-law partner homicides, the woman prevailed in the ensuing fight, typically stabbing her common-law husband as he attacked her.
As a common-law partner, you'd have residential rights but that also makes me ask the next question, has he proposed marriage?
One little-reported case occurred in August 2007, when a Dartmouth, NS, man was arrested after attacking his common-law partner with a sword, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.
about three-quarters of these women were fleeing abuse, frequently from a common-law partner or spouse;
The caregiver (normally a spouse or common-law partner, but in some cases an adult relative) must have been primarily responsible for the veteran's care, without payment, and must have resided with and cared for the veteran for at least one year continuously.