What States Recognize Common Law Marriage?
Common law marriage is recognized in the following states: Colorado, District of Columbia, Alabama, Montana, Iowa, Kansas, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania (if it was entered before 9/2003), South Carolina, Utah, Rhode Island, Texas, Ohio (if entered before 10/1991), Idaho (if it was entered before 1996), Georgia (if entered before 1997), and Oklahoma.
List of “Common Law” Marriage States
The following states allow common law marriages. Each state has different requirements for a long-term relationship to qualify as common law:
- District of Columbia
- Georgia (if the relationship began prior to 1/1/97)
- Idaho (if the relationship began prior 1/1/96)
- New Hampshire (inheritance only)
- Ohio (if the relationship began prior 10/10/91)
- Oklahoma (Conflicting laws, discuss with a family law attorney)
- Pennsylvania (if the relationship began prior 1/1/05)
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
Get Answers from Top Rated Attorneys
Get Legal Advice
Sit down with a top rated local attorney and discuss your case. The stress of the unknown can be resolved with just a phone call or a few clicks.
Attend a Seminar
Thinking about moving forward with a divorce or separation? Not sure where to start? Get a clear picture of your options by attending a seminar.
What our Clients are Saying
"Thank you Sterling Law Offices, S.C., for helping me with my case. My situation was complicated with a lot of emotions, attorney Trisha Festerling and Katy Eckhardt were both professional and well organized. Thank you for your time and effort in this matter, it made a world of difference with my situation. Again your time and professionalism were greatly appreciated in this matter, I will highly recommend your services to anyone in need of a great attorney! Thank you again Sterling Law Offices!"Flor R.
We are Always Here to Help
Have a question? Get in touch today.
Schedule an Attorney Consult