Critics pointed out that Oklahoma does not uniformly recognize common-law marriages
as legal unions, which would make it difficult for individuals who do not identify as Christian or Jewish to secure the legal benefits of marriage.
49) In the last two decades, some courts have granted divorces in cases where they would not have permitted the marriage in the first place, including common-law marriages
(50) and marriages of first cousins.
Emancipation, Reconstruction, and the resulting efforts to secure legal equality for African Americans generated conflicting pressures on common-law marriage
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.
We made marriage common when we, well, accepted common-law marriage
Cohabitation, or common-law marriage
, sometimes under the guise of delayed registration, resulted in illegitimate children, "very high divorce rates and very short duration of marriages before divorce" (p.
It also features in a host of popular dictionaries, even though common-law marriage
is an "urban myth", said the Living Together organisation.
2) The old legal category of common-law marriage
recognized that marriage can happen without the participation of court clerk or church cleric.
Layton is likely to work in step with them in a relationship that resembles a political common-law marriage
, or a "going-steady-for-a-while" arrangement.
And if you desire neither, you can enter a common-law marriage
which, over time, earns some legal protections.
marry and seduction, common-law marriage
, and dower.
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.