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common–law marriage

noun

Definition of common–law marriage

  1. 1 :  a marriage recognized in some jurisdictions and based on the parties' agreement to consider themselves married and sometimes also on their cohabitation

  2. 2 :  the cohabitation of a couple even when it does not constitute a legal marriage



1888

First Known Use of common–law marriage

1888


Law Dictionary

common–law marriage

noun

Legal Definition of common–law marriage

  1. :  a marriage that is without a ceremony and is based on the parties' agreement to consider themselves married and usually also on their cohabitation for a period and their public recognition of the marriage — compare concubinage



Additional Notes on common–law marriage

Most jurisdictions no longer allow this type of marriage to be formed, although they may recognize such marriages formed prior to a certain date or formed in a jurisdiction that does permit common-law marriages.


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