So you’ve been with your partner for a long time. It’s time to start considering yourselves common-law married, a sort of “marriage-like” status that triggers when you’ve lived together for seven years. Right?
Nope. That’s all bogus.
For one, common-law marriage, which traces its roots to old English law, isn’t a nationwide thing. It exists in only a small number of states. Unless you live in one of those states, getting hitched will involve an official “I do” ceremony. Alabama had been one of the states that recognize common-law marriages, but it recently moved to abolish it, a trend that has been taking place nationwide for years.
Also, that common-law marriage kicks in after partners live together for a certain period of time? That’s a flat-out myth.
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Source Credits: Chelsea Beck in NPR. Image above is for illustrative purpose only and does not relate to persons mentioned.