(redirected from common-law marriage)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


The various parts of the face (for example, forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, cheeks, and ears) that give to it individuality and character.
[through O. Fr., fr. L. factura, a making, fr. facio, to do]
References in periodicals archive ?
As late as the 1960s, segregationist lawmakers defined common-law marriage as a formal marker for immorality and therefore a convenient justification for withholding social-welfare benefits from African-American residents.
The ALI is clearly focusing on the creation of a form of "marriage lite" for heterosexuals, a return to court-governed common-law marriage, but without extension to same-sex couples and subject to opting out via cohabitation agreements.
The notion of common-law marriage is a persistent myth which can lead to serious financial loss and emotional distress.
Once established, a common-law marriage valid under local law is recognized as a marriage for federal tax purposes and because there is no common-law divorce, continues to be recognized until the couple legally separates under a judicially ordered decree of divorce or separate maintenance.
If a state recognizes common-law marriage, individuals who meet the requirements for such marriages would be deemed married, regardless of whether they participated in a valid ceremony.
Unlike modern common-law marriage, living together in no way effected marriage.
58-66, 1958-1 CB 60 had provided only that the IRS "refuses to recognize a domestic partner as a spouse unless local law recognizes the common-law marriage of the persons involved in the relationship.
One woman, 34, a former resident of Kyoto in a common-law marriage, registered her marriage shortly before giving birth in 1997.