common-law marriage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n common-law marriage a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony
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Usage

In literature:

Luckless issue of a king, to whom a common man is equal by law of marriage!
"The Danish History, Books I-IX" by Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
Such second marriage is, by the common law, null and void.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
There should also be included here those irregular unions called "common law marriages," which are still permitted in many of our states.
"Broken Homes" by Joanna C. Colcord
I took up with him at once the matter of Zoe's common-law marriage.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
This is exactly our common-law marriage as it exists in various States today.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
Common law marriage is valid and the legal age for a girl is fourteen years.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
In a few states a common law marriage is invalid.
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
Common law marriage is recognized.
"Marriage and Divorce Laws of the World" by Hyacinthe Ringrose
A common law for marriage.
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville
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In news:

No common-law marriage for Gary Coleman.
Judge rules Gary Coleman didn't have common-law marriage.
Judge rules Gary Coleman didn't have common-law marriage .
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