Definition of Common-law marriage

1. Noun. A marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Marriage, Matrimony, Spousal Relationship, Union, Wedlock

Definition of Common-law marriage

1. Noun. A marriage based on the duration of cohabitation rather than formal ceremony. ¹

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Literary usage of Common-law marriage

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of Matrimonial Institutions Chiefly in England and the United by George Elliott Howard (1904)
"... practical questions with whose solution it is high time that society should more earnestly concern itself. a) The statutes and the common-law marriage. ..."

2. Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare: With Explanations of the Legal Terms by Edward Joseph White (1911)
"27. Punishment for Seduction, by Venetian Law. 2S. The severe Judge. 29. Common Law marriage contract. 30. Plea for Justice. 31. The Equality of Justice. ..."

3. The American State Reports: Containing the Cases of General Value and by Abraham Clark Freeman (1909)
"To Establish common-law marriage, It is Necessary that there be evidence both ... common-law marriage.—Cohabitation Attendant with Other Facts is Merely a ..."

4. Bouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle (1914)
"A common law marriage was held as sufficient to support an indictment for bigamy; State v. Thompson, 76 NJL 197, 68 Atl. 1068; and see 20 Harv. b. Rev. ..."

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