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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Instead, the couple let their romance flourish in an unofficial manner, living together in a common-law marriage for decades.
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Long-standing social and legal forces shaped the institution of common-law marriage in Louisiana in ways that contributed both to its popularity among African-American residents and to its lethality.
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The law entered into effect on January 2008 and regulates common-law marriage for different-or same-sex couples throughout the nation.
The dominant decline of common-law marriage contributed to the legal separation of cohabitation and marriage.