To have a common law marriage in Texas, two people must agree to be married, live together as a married couple and tell others that they are married without a wedding ceremony or a marriage license, explains FindLaw. Com... More »

The state of Pennsylvania stopped allowing new common law marriages as of Jan. 2, 2005, notes the Erie County Bar Association. The state does recognize valid common law marriages established before that date, if the part... 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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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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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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After the dissolution of a common law marriage, couples must go through the same divorce procedure as traditionally married couples, reports About.com. Once common law marriage is established in a state that allows it, t... More »

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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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