Common Law Marriage Domestic Partnership

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, 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

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

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

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