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Common-law marriage in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Common-law marriage in the United States **

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*Common-law marriage in the United States* can still be contracted in nine
states (Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Iowa,
Montana, Utah and Texas) and the District of Columbia. New Hampshire
recognizes common-law marriage for purposes of probate only, and Utah
recognizes common-law marriages only if they have been validated by a court
or administrative order.^[1]Common-law marriage can no longer be contracted
in 27 states, and was never permitted in 13 states. The requirements for a
common-law marriage to be validly contracted differ from state to state.
Nevertheless, all states — including those that have abolished the
contract of common-law marriage within their boundaries — recognize
common-law marriages lawfully contracted in those jurisdictions that permit
it. Some states that do not recognize common law marriage also afford legal
rights to parties to a putative marriage (i.e. in circumstances when
someone who was not actually married, e.g. due to a failure to obtain or
complete a valid marriage license from the proper jurisdiction, believed in
good faith that he or she was married) that arise before a marriage's
invalidity is discovered.

The principle of common-law marriage was affirmed by the United States
Supreme Court in /Meister v. Moore/ (96 U.S. 76 (1877)), which ruled that
Michigan had not abolished common law marriage merely by producing a
statute establishing rules for the solemnization of marriages.

*Contents*

· 1 General principles
· 2 Income tax
· 3 Availability by state
· 4 Legislation

· 4.1 Alabama
· 4.2 Colorado
· 4.3 District of Columbia
· 4.4 Iowa
· 4.5 Kansas
· 4.6 Montana


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common-law_marriage_in_the_United_States

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