A San Jose Family Law Attorney defines common law mariage
A common law marriage os one that is created via cohabitation for a certain period of time (as oppsed to a marriage created by a ceremony). The period of time for a common law marriage is significant, and cohabitation alone does not define a common law marriage. The common law marriage couple also represents themselves as joined and living together as if they were married.
Common Law marriage is sometimes referred to as facto marriage. The inferrence here is that it is a marriage which exists under less formal circumstances than one entered into with a wedding and marriage license, however it encompasses the features and attributes of a legal marriage. While there is no contract between the common living in a common law marriage, some common law jurisdictions recognize it as a legal union. Still others do not.
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