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    lindak0305 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Jun 4, 2008, 12:46 PM
    "legally" married after seven years?
    If you live with someone for over seven years are you considered "legally" married to that person?
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    Jun 4, 2008, 12:49 PM
    Some states will consider your relationship a "common law" marriage, but not all.
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    Jun 4, 2008, 12:54 PM
    Well I don't think that's how it works
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    Jun 4, 2008, 02:23 PM
    In all the states that I knew of as having a common law marriage law did away with it quite a few years ago. Check with an attorney in your area or tell us what state you are in.
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    Jun 4, 2008, 03:34 PM
    Heterosexual couples can become legally married without a license or ceremony. This type of marriage is a "common law marriage". It was to be believed that, a common law marriage was created when two people simply live together for a certain number of years. In order to have a valid common law marriage, the couple must do all of the following:

    1. Live together for a significant period (not defined in any state)
    2. Hold themselves out as a married couple (typically this means using the same last name, referring to the other as "my husband" or "my wife," and filing a joint tax return)
    3. Intend to be married.
    When a common law marriage exists, the spouses receive the same legal treatment given to a formally married couples, up and to include the requirement that they go through a legal divorce to end the marriage.
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    Jun 4, 2008, 05:23 PM
    Common Law marrieages have been abolished in most all states.

    Common Law Marriage FAQ
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    Jun 4, 2008, 05:25 PM
    Most states do not reconise common law marriage in the US any longer

    In at least one
    States to have a common law you have to go to the court clerk and register your common law marriage for it to be reconsied
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    Jun 5, 2008, 11:00 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by lindak0305
    If you live with someone for over seven years are you considered "legally" married to that person?
    I know in New York... There is no common law marriages but I'm not sure about other states
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    Jun 5, 2008, 11:55 AM
    Common law marriage also known as “informal marriage” or in legal terms, “marriage by habit and reputeis", is recognized only in the following states:

    District of Columbia
    Georgia (if created before 1/1/97)
    Idaho (if created before 1/1/96)
    New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only)
    Ohio (if created before 10/10/91)
    Pennsylvania (if created before 1/1/05)
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina

    Each state has different legal aspects to the law that should be examined.

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