i am asking on behalf of my brother and his supposing common law marriage but his wife still holds her name and can social security disability recognize this marriage
Family Law Attorney
Common law marriage in TX is known as an "informal marriage," and to have one requires 3 elements - (1) an agreement to be married; (2) cohabitation in Texas; and (3) representation to others that the parties are married. There is no time requirement to meet the second prong. All states will, as far as I know, recognize a lawful common law marriage from another state. SSA does recognize lawful common law marriages.
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Employment / Labor Attorney
Michigan hasn't recognized "common law"
marriages for years (Michigan residents).
However . . . if you're legally married in
another state and MOVE to Michigan . . .
that's a different story. Good l
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