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In Florida, how long after living unmarried with a boy/girlfriend is considered a common law marriage?

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After how many years of living together without being married is a relationship considered to be a common law marriage in Florida? Thank you.-

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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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There is no such thing as a common law marriage in Florida.


Florida does not recognize common law marriages.


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 common law marriage ever.

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Common law marriages do not exist in Florida.

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