Most states do not recognize common law marriages. The ones that do include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho and Iowa. Others are Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio and Oklahoma. Additional states recognizing common l... More »

Illinois is not a common law marriage state, according to Unmarried Equality. There are only 17 states that recognize some form of common law marriage, and even where it is recognized, it may be limited to those common l... More »

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Common law marriages are legally recognized in only nine states and the District of Columbia. Four other states have banned common law marriages but recognize common law marriages that existed before those bans. New Hamp... More »

Common law marriages are legally recognized in only nine states and the District of Columbia. Four other states have banned common law marriages but recognize common law marriages that existed before those bans. New Hamp... More »

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 ho... More »

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State-recognized common law wives and husbands have the same rights that spouses in traditional marriages have, including the right to collect Social Security benefits and inherit property, reports Nolo. Common law coupl... More »

Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas and Montana recognize common law marriages as do Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and the District of Columbia, according to FindLaw. Georgia, Idaho, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Ohio... More »

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