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.
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
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Common Law Marriage, when it was abolished in MS, and when they are still recognized by the State....more
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
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
Contrary to popular belief, only a few states recognize common law marriages. Many people still assume that by living together for a period and holding themselves out as man and wife, they attain the rights of being married....more
As more and more people get away from the traditions of formal ceremonial marriages, it becomes more important to understand when and how you could find yourself in a common-law marriage relationship.
Today more and more...more
Is the divorce rate on the decline? Given the nature of the current economy, are more couples finding it easier to stay together than pay for multiple residences? Actually, in New York State, the divorce rate is on the rise....more
Shannon Price, the ex-wife of the late actor Gary Coleman, is not entitled to any of his estate, a Utah judge ruled on Monday.
Fourth District Judge James R. Taylor instead ruled in favor of Anna Gray, who worked as...more
Palimony is spousal support for couples who are united through common law marriage. A common law marriage is marriage that occurs when two people in a relationship cohabitate a dwelling for an extended period. New York has no...more
This article explains the potential legal pitfalls facing couples who live together and how to protect assets in the event of separation....more
Common Law Marriage in Colorado requires more than just living together. ...more
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
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
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
An Excerpt from the book, "Basis of Texas Divorce Law" co-authored by Michelle May O'Neil and Ashley Bowline Russell....more
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
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
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
Common Law Marriage in New York...more
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