My husband and I are common law married. Only 14 states recognize common law marriage and they all have different stipulations. In Colorado, you have to cohabit, present yourselves as being married, agree to be married and provide a reputation of being married. We have the lease together in both names, bank accounts in both names, we have lived together for 5 years, and we call each other husband and wife. The state recognizes us as married, so as far as federally we are married. Now if we would move to a state that didn't recognize common law marriage we would no longer be married in legal terms, period. In order for us to separate in the state of Colorado, we would have to get a legal separation.
at 11:10 AM on Dec. 6, 2008