Common-law marriage

Definition - Noun
: a marriage that is without a ceremony and is based on the parties' agreement to consider themselves married and usu. also on their cohabitation for a period and their public recognition of the marriage
compare concubinage
Most jurisdictions no longer allow this type of marriage to be formed, although they may recognize such marriages formed prior to a certain date or formed in a jurisdiction that does permit common-law marriages.



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