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What is common law?

does it mean you are living with someone but not married? do you need a judge to decide this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:25 AM on Oct. 21, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • It used to as man/wife without benefit of a legally binding contract. Now it just means....actually,I'm not sure if it means anything anymore....

    Answer by starrsun at 8:30 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • It depends on the state. Only a portion of states recognize common law marriages.

    Answer by JohnnyCakes at 8:55 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • Common Law means that you have lived together for a certain amount of time and become "married." You should always check your states laws. Most states have SOME form of common law. For instance, one state (not mentioning which) says if you've had the same address for 10 years and you split up, you MUST divide the household 50/50 as you would in a traditional marriage. Then again, there is another state that says if you have had the same address for 9 years you are LEGALLY MARRIED.

    Answer by FinaOrlando at 9:23 AM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • it is differnet in every state, but i Missouri after 15 years if you file taxes and get mail at the same address , and you split up you have to split almost everything ( except finances) like in a divorce! My MIL jst did it!

    Answer by JoLee12345 at 2:16 PM on Oct. 21, 2010

  • im pretty sure some states actually still recognise common law, just never actually took the laws out od circulations. New York on the other hand, they like to make the enitre process of both getting into and out of a marrage a complete hassle. i think that may have allot to do the the rate to which the amount of ppl actually getting married is deciling so very much.

    Answer by twiztedcandy at 8:27 AM on Oct. 22, 2010

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