Legal Tip of the Week


it takes more than living together to have a common law marriage? No single fact proves a couple is married by common law. If a common law marriage is in doubt, a judge will look at several facts to decide if it exists. She will consider whether the couple is old enough and if either spouse is married to anyone else. She will look at whether the couple lives together and tells others they are married. Other facts the judge will consider include whether the couple has made a pledge or oath, wears rings or other symbols of marriage, owns property together, files taxes together, and more.

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