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Common law marriage in California

Carson, CA |

My question pertains to only the part about common law marriage. So I think you have answered it, that CA doesn't recognize common law. I have lived with my mate for almost 8 years and we have been together a total of 10 years.

Attorney Answers 2


  1. Your assumption is correct: there is no common law marriage in California.


  2. Mr. Waller is correct; there is no common-law marriage created by living together in the State of California.

    HOWEVER

    If you lived together, in a state (there are still a few) which DOES recognize common-law marriages, for long enough to be considered married in THAT state, and THEN you and your spouse moved to California, California WOULD recognize that out-of-state marriage.