common law marriage
in the USA, some states still accept that marriage can take place without statutory formalities. To operate, there must be a present agreement to marry, cohabitation in fact and representation by the parties to the community that they are married and a correlative acceptance by the community that the parties are married. There is no such form in England. For Scotland, See cohabitation (cohabitation with habit and repute).

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


common law marriage
In some states, a type of marriage in which couples can become legally married by living together for a long period of time, representing themselves as a married couple, and intending to be married. Contrary to popular belief, the couple must intend to be married and act as though they are for a common law marriage to take effect — merely living together for a long time won't do it.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


common law marriage

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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