common-law marriage

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

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Critics pointed out that Oklahoma does not uniformly recognize common-law marriages as legal unions, which would make it difficult for individuals who do not identify as Christian or Jewish to secure the legal benefits of marriage.
89) Courts expressed worry when many people started to "believe that common-law marriage and living in adultery are synonomous [sic] terms.
Emancipation, Reconstruction, and the resulting efforts to secure legal equality for African Americans generated conflicting pressures on common-law marriage in Louisiana.
It can also be said that common-law marriage has only become an accepted form in Hungary in the past two decades.
The law entered into effect on January 2008 and regulates common-law marriage for different-or same-sex couples throughout the nation.
While common-law marriage may be recognized in only a few states today, informal unions between one man and two or more women are not unknown in contemporary America.
The dominant decline of common-law marriage contributed to the legal separation of cohabitation and marriage.
We made marriage common when we, well, accepted common-law marriage.
Cohabitation, or common-law marriage, sometimes under the guise of delayed registration, resulted in illegitimate children, "very high divorce rates and very short duration of marriages before divorce" (p.
It also features in a host of popular dictionaries, even though common-law marriage is an "urban myth", said the Living Together organisation.
2) The old legal category of common-law marriage recognized that marriage can happen without the participation of court clerk or church cleric.
Layton is likely to work in step with them in a relationship that resembles a political common-law marriage, or a "going-steady-for-a-while" arrangement.
And if you desire neither, you can enter a common-law marriage which, over time, earns some legal protections.