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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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When Sonny was only four months old Anita and Ambo became estranged and already separated thus forcing Anita to work as a laundry woman in the house of Levi and her common law husband, Jess.
Contrary to public opinion there is no such thing as a common law husband or wife.
Never convicted of a crime herself, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, was being sought Saturday by French police, who think she may have vital information about an Islamic extremist cell that her common law husband, shot dead by police, may have belonged to.
Contrary to what some people believe, there is no such thing as a common law husband or wife.
Statement of Martha English relative to one Bessie Walker cutting which resulted in the Death of her Common Law Husband, Rogers Matthews," January 14, 1938, Transcripts of Statements of Witnesses to Homicides, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana Division, City Archives, New Orleans Public Library [hereafter cited as "Transcripts of Statements"]; "Report of Homicide of Rogers Matthews," January 14, 1939, Department of [New Orleans] Police, Homicide Reports, New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana Division, City Archives, New Orleans Public Library [hereafter cited as "Homicide Reports"].
Shannon Price and Coleman had married in August 2007 and divorced in 2008, but Price claims they rekindled their relationship and were common law husband and wife up until he passed away on May 28.
Most people think that, after living with a partner for a couple of years, they become common law husband and wife with the same rights as married couples.
Culp,46, was left horribly disfigured after her common law husband shot her in her face leaving her not being able to breathe through her nose; neither eat solid food nor drink form a cup.
Figures from the Office of National Statistics show the amount of people getting married declined by 10 per cent, and that six in 10 couples living together think if they split they would be treated as common law husband and wife.
But the thing that he was most proud of was that he was the first probation officer to succeed in placing a woman convicted of manslaughter of her common law husband on probation.