common-law marriage

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a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony

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25) Despite the existence of common law marriage, (26) there is no corresponding common law divorce.
211 (WEST 2011); see Common Law Marriage in Florida, FLDIvORCEONL1NE.
See Goffe, supra note 7, at 873-74 (explaining that 11 states still recognize common law marriages, and that common law marriages usually require intent to be married, cohabitation, and that the couple holds themselves as married publically).
However, the court said, "despite assertions by the university system, common law marriages are not automatically recognized [when heterosexual partners sign their affidavit].
Employees lose the tax-deductible advantage for the dependent portion of the cost that they had through common law marriage when they switch to domestic partner status under an S.
Common law marriage may pose a challenge to Hartog's claim that marriage was a rigidly uniform structure in the nineteenth century.
The deductibility of itemized deductions depends on whether the arrangement is considered a common law marriage under state law.
Common law marriage is not recognised in law and the intestacy provisions give no rights to cohabitees.
Alarmingly, more than half of cohabitants falsely believe in the existence of Common Law marriage.
James Stewart, head of family law at the company, said, 'There is no concept of common law marriage in England and Wales, and when a co-habiting relationship ends, the often vulnerable (non- owning) co-habitant has nothing like the matrimonial legislation for protection.
Oregon does not recognize common law marriage, so even if a man and woman in Oregon have been living together for many years and presenting themselves out as spouses, they don't have legal status without a marriage certificate.
To proponents of the doctrine, a group that included a majority of state courts by the last quarter of the nineteenth century, a common law marriage was a valid contract between a man and a woman that demanded judicial enforcement.
In addition to the two mentioned above, examples of specific topics include arranged marriage, birth control, common law marriage, developmental disability and marital stress, elder abuse, extramarital sexual relationships, housework allocation, mail order brides, midwifery and medicalization, parenting styles, pet death and the family, prenuptial agreements, same-sex marriage, surrogacy, and transracial adoption.
In fact the concept of a common law marriage is often misunderstood - it has only been found to exist on a couple of occasions since 1945, where the exceptional circumstances have been met to justify a couple not having followed the usual formalities for getting married.
Although the legal rights of common law partners varies from state to state, the majority of states do not recognize common law marriage.