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Family Law

Marriage

What is a common-law marriage?

In some states, parties can form a common-law marriage, meaning that the state recognizes the persons as legally married even though they have not performed a ceremonial marriage. Instead, the parties live together for a period of years and hold themselves out to be married.



Although most marriages are performed in religious settings, certain legal actions must be taken for the parties to be considered married partners by the state (iStock.com).
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