Florida did allow common-law marriages, up til 1968. After that, a common law marriage could not be created in Florida. When it was, it was not just a matter of living together but also the couple holding themselves out as being married.
After 1968, no common law marriage could be created in Florida. But, as one of my colleagues noted, a common-law marriage created in another state that does allow for it would have to be recognized if the couple were to move to Florida after meeting all the qualifications of that other state.
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Long ago, Florida abolished common law marriage. However, Florida recognizes a common law marriage which is valid from another jurisdiction.
Sandy T. Fox
Board Certified Marital & Family Attorney
Not in Florida......no common law marriage ever.
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