Does Illinois Have Common-Law Marriage?


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As of 2015, Illinois does not recognize common law marriages, according to FindLaw. Many states do recognize common law marriage when a couple lives together for a designated number of years, intends to be married and holds themselves as husband and wife.

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Common law marriage couples are treated the same legally as traditional married couples, which means that a recognized common law marriage must end in a legal divorce, according to FindLaw. Opposite sex couples who are considered married by common law in one state are legally married when moving to a state that does not recognize common law marriages.

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