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Wyoming Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

In the state of Wyoming, common law marriage has never been recognized as valid. Common law marriage in and of itself goes way back. In England, common law marriage was documented even in the 1500s. Back then in was called marriage of “habit and repute.”

Common law marriage is ... continue reading

Wisconsin Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

In the state of Wisconsin, common law marriage has not been recognized as a valid way to be married since 1917. That was the last year that common law was allowed.

Common law marriage, if you haven’t heard of it, is the term for being married without going through ... continue reading

West Virginia Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? This is a really big question, especially if you happen to work in the field of marriage law or a related field. Common law marriage, simply put, is when two people are married to each other without benefit of a formal ceremony. The marriage is ... continue reading

Washington Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

A lot of people have brought up different issues concerning Washington common law marriage, so I did some research on it. I found out there is no such thing. In the state of Washington, there has never been a recognized common law marriage. The only marriages that Washington does recognize ... continue reading

Virginia Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Common law marriage is one of the most misunderstood aspects of marriage that I have ever heard of. It seems like everybody has at least heard of it, but they’ve got it all wrong as far as the laws. I’ve been reading a lot about common law marriage lately, and ... continue reading

Vermont Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? That’s one of the most common questions about alternative marriage. The short answer is that common law marriage, or informal marriage, is a nontraditional way of two people being legally married. It is just as binding as a ceremonial marriage if your state recognizes it. ... continue reading

Utah Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? Is it still allowed? How do you establish it? These are questions that are heard every day. Many people are concerned about common law marriage because of the various aspects of inheritance and pension payments. It is my understanding that common law marriage statutes are ... continue reading

Texas Common Law Marriage

Saturday, November 11th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage, exactly? Most people think they know, but the information that is passed around is incorrect. There are only ten states, for example, that even allow common law marriage. There are five more that recognize it only if the marriage was established before a given date. ... continue reading

Tennessee Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

If you live with your partner in the state of Tennessee, you may have heard that you can be “married” under common law after you’ve lived together for a certain length of time. It’s too bad this rumor persist because it is completely untrue. I’m not really sure where this ... continue reading

South Dakota Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Many states used to recognize what is usually called a “common law” marriage. Common law is the term for two people who act as if they are married, and everyone believes they are married, but they have never been formally married. The states that recognize this consider it just as ... continue reading

South Carolina Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Common law marriage is not something you hear much about these days, although it is still recognized as a valid relationship in some states. South Carolina is one of the few states that recognize common law marriage—I think there are 10. Those are Alabama, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Iowa, ... continue reading

Rhode Island Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Many states used to recognize what is called a “common law” marriage, but it is becoming less popular now. Common law is the term for two people who act as if they are married, and their community believes they are married, but they have never been in a formal ceremony ... continue reading

Pennsylvania Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? It is a state of being married without a formal ceremony. There is no license, no recording, and no solemnization. Rather, common law marriage is more or less an agreement between two parties.

Does Pennsylvania have common law marriage? Well, in fact this state ... continue reading

Oregon Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

I’ve heard a lot of people giving voice to different issues concerning Oregon common law marriage, so I did some research on it. The bad news is, I found out there is no such thing. In the state of Oregon, there has never been a recognized common law marriage. The ... continue reading

Oklahoma Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

The state of common law marriage is nothing new; it has been around since the beginning of time. In fact, until the Council of Trent convened in the 1500s and placed marriage under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Church, most marriages were common law. At that time, there was ... continue reading

Ohio Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Does the state of Ohio recognize common law marriage? The answer is both yes and no. but before I explain that, let’s look at some of the myths surrounding common law marriage.

First off, most people seem to believe that you automatically gain ‘common law married’ status if they ... continue reading

North Dakota Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

One of the most common questions about marriage law is: what is common law marriage? The short answer is that common law marriage, or informal marriage, is a status of two people being legally married. It is just as binding as a ceremonial marriage—in the states that recognize it. Now, ... continue reading

North Carolina Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Common law marriage is defined as two people having a ‘marriage’ without having a wedding ceremony or a justice of the peace ceremony. I know a lot of people who are confused about how you can come to be married under “common law”, and there are plenty of myths floating ... continue reading

New York Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What exactly is a common law marriage? This is an often misunderstood concept, and sometimes even people who think they have a “common law marriage” may not in fact have one. . Today I would like to talk about common law marriage and the state of New York.

A ... continue reading

New Mexico Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Is a common law marriage valid in the state of New Mexico? It is my understanding that the answer is no, and in fact it has not been valid for almost 150 years. The state of New Mexico did away with common law marriage statutes in 1860. Although this sort ... continue reading

New Jersey Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

 There are a lot of questions and confusion about alternative marriages like the term ‘common law marriage’. If two people join in an agreement to marry, and subsequently live together, and the ceremony is not made formal by a wedding with a priest or justice of the peace, the question ... continue reading

New Hampshire Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? If you ask that question of the normal person on the street, they usually will tell you that common law marriage is a natural occurrence that arises out of two people cohabitating for a long period of time. Most people guess either 6, 7, or ... continue reading

Nevada Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

One of the most misunderstood concepts as far as laws are concerned is that of common law marriage. Common law marriage is the term for a marriage that has not been established by a ceremony. It is established through a mutual agreement to enter into an exclusive marital relationship. It ... continue reading

Nebraska Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

What is common law marriage? In the state of Nebraska, common law marriage is not something that is defined as valid under the law.

If you live with your partner in the state of Nebraska, you may have heard that you will be “married” under common law after you’ve ... continue reading

Montana Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Common law marriage is defined as two people having a ‘marriage’ without the benefit of a wedding or justice of the peace formalization. I know that many people are confused about how you can come to be married under “common law”, and there are plenty of myths floating around. Today ... continue reading

Missouri Common Law Marriage

Friday, November 10th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Have you heard of common law marriage? That is when two people choose to live and act like a married couple, without benefit of a formal ceremony or solemnization of their union. Common law marriage is only recognized in fifteen states, and actually five of those have done away with ... continue reading

Mississippi Common Law Marriage

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
Posted by Molly

One of the most misunderstood concepts on the planet is that of common law marriage. Common law marriage is a term for a marriage that has not been established by a ceremony; rather, it is established through a mutual agreement to enter into an exclusive marital relationship. It is shown ... continue reading

Minnesota Common Law Marriage

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
Posted by Molly

There are a lot of questions and confusion about alternative marriages, in particular common law marriage. If two people join in an agreement to marry, and subsequently live together, even though the ceremony is not formalized, licensed, or recorded, is it a legal marriage? Are they married just because they ... continue reading

Michigan Common Law Marriage

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
Posted by Molly

Common law marriage is a type of alternative marriage that became the norm in the 1500s. It then fell out of fashion for awhile, then resurfaced. Over the past 100 years in the United States, common law marriage has basically become less popular. It is sort of a gray area ... continue reading

Massachusetts Common Law Marriage

Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
Posted by Molly

I’ve been studying about the various state laws concerning marriage, and I would like to go over a few of those today. Regular marriages are often called statutory marriage, and alternative marriages include common law, which will be the focus of my discussion for the next few minutes.

What ... continue reading