Common Law Marriage

Common Law Marriage is an arrangement where non-married persons are treated as married persons under the law. The arrangement has been abolished in the vast majority of U.S. states; currently, only nine states... more +
Common Law Marriage is an arrangement where non-married persons are treated as married persons under the law. The arrangement has been abolished in the vast majority of U.S. states; currently, only nine states allow common law marriage: Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. A handful of other states will recognize common law marriages if they existed prior to a particular cutoff date. While exact requirements vary according to jurisdiction, the typical requirements of a common law marriage are: 1) Agreement to be married 2) Cohabitation 3) Holding oneself out as married. less -
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Common Law Marriage – Fact or Fiction?

Obermayer family law attorney Stephanie Winegrad answers questions about common law marriage in Pennsylvania and New Jersey....more

Common Law Marriage, Domestic Partners And Cohabitation

With divorce rates continuing to climb, people in committed long-term relationships may shy away from conventional legal marriages for any number of reasons. While people may feel this is their right, the legal status of...more

Cohabitation Agreements

This past Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on the CDC’s National Survey of Family Growth, found that almost 50% of unmarried women are living...more

Four Surprising Facts about Family Law

In a recent State Farm Insurance commercial, a young woman says to a young gentleman, “You can’t put anything on the Internet that is not true.” He asks her where she heard that, and in unison, they exclaim, “the Internet!” ...more

Common Law Marriage is NOT so Common.

Common Law Marriage, when it was abolished in MS, and when they are still recognized by the State....more

FMLA Leave For Same-Sex Couples To Be Clarified by Supreme Court's DOMA Decision?

This past Friday, the United States Supreme Court announced that it would consider whether the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unlawfully denies benefits to gay and lesbian couples who are married in states that allow such...more

What A Common Law Marriage Does To Your Estate Plan

What A Common Law Marriage Does To Your Estate Plan Common law marriage is still in practice in Alabama ,Colorado, The District of Columbia, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina,...more

Living together survival guide

This article explains the potential legal pitfalls facing couples who live together and how to protect assets in the event of separation....more

What to Know about Common Law Marriage in Colorado

Common Law Marriage in Colorado requires more than just living together. ...more

A Trend Toward State Recognition of Same-Sex Civil Unions

On July 2, 2011, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation that allows same-sex couples to form civil unions effective as of July 1, 2011. The law comes just days after New York passed legislation legalizing...more

Legal Alert: Illinois Civil Union Law Impacts Employers

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (Public Act 096-1513), which took effect June 1, 2011, provides civil union partners in Illinois all of the legal rights and obligations to which opposite-sex...more

Does Arizona Recognize Common Law Marriages Created in Another State?

Even though common law marriages are not recognized under Arizona state law, Arizona does acknowledge opposite-sex marriages created in other states. As a result, if a couple first enters into a common law marriage in another...more

Estate Tax Lessons from 2010 and Things to Watch Out for in 2011

A revocable living trust is a wonderful tool, but it’s just an empty vessel until you fund it by re-titling your assets in the name of your trust. Michael Jackson created what is most likely a wonderful living trust, but his...more

Milliaband Marriage

Milliband Marriage...more

Florida Common Law Marriage

Florida has not recognized Common Law Marriage since 1968. In 1960, only 460,000 couples identified themselves as living together without marriage, according to CBS News. In 2007, USA Today reported that 6.4 million people...more

A GUIDE TO TEXAS "COMMON LAW" MARRIAGE

In Texas, a "common law" marriage is referred to as an informal marriage. An informal marriage has certain requirements in order to be valid. This guide will point out these requirements, as well as talk about the...more

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Common Law Marriage in New York...more

Insurance Issues and Common Law Marriage

When insurance issues are interjected into any type of case a myriad of complex issues arise. Insurance touches almost every aspect of our every day life and relates to claims of injury, health, property damage, and death. ...more

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