Marriage is an important family law issue that many couples may discuss at some point in their relationship. Not every couple that has been together for a long time feels the need to make their relationship official by having a big expensive wedding or documenting the relationship with an official marriage. For some couples, having a common law marriage is enough. A common law marriage may be an easier process for some than having a legal marriage or a big wedding. But like a legal marriage, there are a number of steps that need to be performed before a common law marriage will be recognized by the state you live in.
The following are ways a couple can establish their common law marriage:
- Show proof that both parties are owners of certain accounts.
- Show proof of property owned jointly by the two parties.
- Affidavit stating where and when both parties decided to become married.
- Affidavit from friends or family proving that they have knowledge of your relationship.
Should a couple decide that a common law marriage is the right way to go, they must complete one or more of the abovementioned tasks to make it official. However, before you go about completing these tasks, you may want to ensure that your state will recognize your marriage. If all goes accordingly, then your marriage will be recognized by your state, friends and family members.
Couples interested in finding out more information about common law marriages can reach out to a family law attorney. You may not have the same rights as a couple that is legally married, but you do have rights. An attorney can help you clear up any confusion and help you decide if a common law marriage is the best option for you.