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.
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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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The circuit court also concluded that the parties did not enter a common-law marriage in D.C.
This text introduces Texas marital property rights, covering the community property system; common-law marriage and putative marriage; disputes between unmarried people; pensions and other employment benefits; goodwill and professional degrees; presumptions, tracing, and commingling; torts and damage to property; reimbursement and acquisitions over time; rents and profits; business interests; management powers; creditors' rights; constitutional limits; divorce; death; conflicts of law; marital agreements; and spousal gifts and partitions.
Same-sex common-law marriage a Texas first, Austin American-Statesman
Azalea's ex-boyfriend Maurice Williams, also known as Hefe Wine, alleges that he and Azalea had a common-law marriage in Texas, (http://www.tmz.com/2014/10/10/iggy-azalea-divorce-married-hefe-wine/) TMZ Sports reported.
It incorporates temporary marriages common in the maritime world, Maori marriage traditions and rituals of betrothal and pakuwha, and Christian marriage traditions, including common-law marriage, Maori customary marriage, and unions sanctioned by the church and state, and considers how they informed the development of marriage law and practice in the country.
There are clergy who will perform religious marriage ceremonies that may not be legally binding, depending on the state you live in, whether you present yourselves as a married couple and whether your state recognizes this as a common-law marriage.
Instead, the couple let their romance flourish in an unofficial manner, living together in a common-law marriage for decades.
(46) The Supreme Court concluded that South Dakota does not "require parties to establish domicile in the state where the common-law marriage occurred." (47) The court also concluded that Duval and Hargrave did not have a valid marriage under either Mexico or Oklahoma law, preventing Hargrave from being treated as the surviving spouse for Duval's estate.
She said that the organization thinks the paper should "respect a family's right to self-designate who they are," be it heterosexual couples in a common-law marriage, a pair engaged to be married or same-sex couples.
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.
(51) The majority found it "unnecessary to reach defendants' argument that New York's common-law marriage recognition rule is a proper basis for the challenged recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages." (52) In a concurring opinion joined by Chief Judge Lippman and Judge Jones, Judge Ciparick agreed with the result reached by the majority, but stated that the orders "should be affirmed on the ground that same-sex marriages, valid where performed, are entitled to full legal recognition in New York under our State's longstanding marriage recognition rule," and found that the marriage recognition rule was "squarely presented" in the cases before the Court.