My son is 6 years old and his dad and I have been together for a little over 8 years. For about 99% of this time he has been the provider because we both wanted me to be at home with our children. I also have a daughter who is 10 from a previous relationship. Things have been going horribly and we are both at the point where we think separating may be our best option right now. But I would like to know my rights outside of child support. Does Illinois support common law marriage, and if so, how many years are required to fall under the category of common law wife? And what are my rights, if any, under this law?