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WHAT IF YOU GET "MARRIED" IN A COMMON LAW STATE IS IT RECOGNIZED IN STATES THAT DO NOT RECOGNIZE THAT

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  1. I can't speak for every state, but in Massachusetts specifically: Assuming that the marriage was validly entered into in the jurisdiction where it took place then Massachusetts will give that marriage full faith and credit and recognize it as a legal marriage.

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  2. The traditional rule is that a marriage validly commenced in one state is recognized as valid in all other states as a matter of comity. The present day reality of some states recognizing as valid a same-sex marriage has where other states have passed laws refusing to recognize such marriages has made the traditional less universal and absolute. A marriage commenced at "common law" is as valid as a ceremonial marriage if commenced in one of the few states that still recognize non-ceremonial marriage and the requirements of that state are met.

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  3. It is not clear if you entered into a marriage ceremony, or if you are referencing a common law marriage recognized by another state. You will need to produce a valid marriage certificate to have the marriage recognized in MA.

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