Common Law Marriage FAQ
Common Law Marriage is not recognized in the state of California.
Learn what it is and where it's recognized.
Contrary to popular belief, even if two people live together for a certain number of years, if they don't intend to be married and present themselves to others as a married couple, there is no common law marriage. More particularly, a common law marriage can occur only when:
Unless all four are true, there is no common law marriage. When a common law marriage exists, the couple must go through a formal divorce to end the relationship.(back to top)
Common law marriage is recognized only in the following states:
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