Marion E. Ellington, Jr. Attorney at Law, PC | Marion E. Ellington, Jr.
Georgia law states that: 19-3-1.1. Common-law marriage; effectiveness. No common-law marriage shall be entered into in this state on or after January 1, 1997. Otherwise valid common-law marriages entered into prior to January 1, 1997, shall not be affected by this Code section and shall continue to be recognized in this state.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Fran Brochstein | Fran Brochstein
In the State of Texas, it is irrelevant how long you live together. I've known people that have lived together over 20 years that are not married. Texas is specific on what you have to do to be common law married. You must do many things to be common law married including ? not be married to anyone else, tell people that you are married, agree to be married, and be able to prove to a court of law that you are married and put it in writing somewhere that you are married. For example, if you claim to be married but you file tax returns as "single" then you have a serious problem because YOU told the federal government you were single.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Mari Morrison Attorney at Law | Mari Morrison
Alabama recognizes common law marriage if, and only when, the parties hold themselves out to the public as husband and wife. It does not matter how long they are together. Only that they have held themselves out to be married.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
John Russo | John Russo
What state? If your in R.I. this state does recognize common law marriage, but I don't know who you have been talking to there is no such thing as a 7 year rule, and that would be for any other state that also has common law case law. So we are clear the standard is; By Clear and Convincing Evidence standard, there are 3 Evidence Standards; !. Beyond a Reasonable Doubt 2. Clear and Convincing, and lastly 3. Preponderance of the Evidence You are #2 or in layman's terms the 2nd hardest to prove.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Paul Waldron, P.C. | Paul Waldron
Thank you for sharing your question. I can only comment on your case as far as the information you have provided and according to Utah law; as such, what I share here is cannot be used as legal advice for your particular situation but only legal information strictly limited to the facts you have shared. Utah does have a provision for a common-law marriage. It does not require living with the person for seven years, but there are very specific elements that must be proven in order to obtain a court judgment/finding of a common-law marriage. You should consult with a qualified Utah family law attorney regarding the specific facts of your case.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Graves Law Firm | Steve Graves
Texas is a common law state, but seven years has nothing to do with it. If you fulfill the elements of common law marriage (agreement that you are married, cohabitation and holding yourselves out in the community as married) you can be common law spouses in seven minutes.
Answer Applies to: Texas