What States Recognize Common Law Marriage?
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
If a court determines that your common law marriage is valid, you will need to obtain a traditional divorce.
References: Common-Law Marriage Definition
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