Common Law Marriage States

A common law marriage is a legally recognized marriage between two people who are married without a large ceremony and without being registered as a religious marriage. To undergo a common law marriage, the couple in question does not need a marriage license. 

Common law marriages are only legal in a small handful of states, and the trend over the last century has been that fewer and fewer states permit common law marriages. Common law marriages do not involve any formality, official documentation of legality, or the intermediary of a civil or religious service to recognize the union shared between two people. 

In this way, common law marriages consist of two people who live together, who also act and arrange the affairs of their lives as though they were married. From the perspective of common law marriages, if two people who cohabitate and live in the aforementioned way, then that means they are married. 

Because common law marriages aren’t recognized by the state in which they occur, there is no possibility for a formal divorce to occur if one of the two individuals in the marriage decides they want to leave, presumably making it more likely that the two will separate. If this occurs, then the couple simply separates and must then determine how to split their joint assets between the two of them. 

To learn more about common law marriage, scroll the data in the charts.

Common Law Marriage Status by State

Alabama

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

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No

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#9 in the US

Alaska

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#10 in the US

Arizona

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

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16

#11 in the US

Arkansas

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#4 in the US

California

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

Colorado

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#12 in the US

Connecticut

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#13 in the US

Delaware

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#14 in the US

Florida

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#15 in the US

Georgia

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#16 in the US

Hawaii

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

15

#45 in the US

Idaho

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#17 in the US

Illinois

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

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#18 in the US

Indiana

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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17

#5 in the US

Iowa

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#19 in the US

Kansas

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#20 in the US

Kentucky

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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18

#1 in the US

Louisiana

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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Yes

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

18

#2 in the US

Maine

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#21 in the US

Maryland

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#22 in the US

Massachusetts

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

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#47 in the US

Michigan

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#23 in the US

Minnesota

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#24 in the US

Mississippi

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

Missouri

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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#46 in the US

Montana

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#25 in the US

Nebraska

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

17

#6 in the US

Nevada

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#26 in the US

New Hampshire

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#48 in the US

New Jersey

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#27 in the US

New Mexico

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

16

#28 in the US

New York

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

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#29 in the US

North Carolina

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#30 in the US

North Dakota

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#31 in the US

Ohio

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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16

#32 in the US

Oklahoma

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#33 in the US

Oregon

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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#7 in the US

Pennsylvania

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Previously Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#34 in the US

Rhode Island

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

MINIMUM MARRIAGE AGEhelp

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#35 in the US

South Carolina

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#36 in the US

South Dakota

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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#37 in the US

Tennessee

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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16

#38 in the US

Texas

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

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#39 in the US

Utah

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#40 in the US

Vermont

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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#41 in the US

Virginia

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#42 in the US

Washington

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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Yes

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#8 in the US

West Virginia

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

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No

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#3 in the US

Wisconsin

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

Yes

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#43 in the US

Wyoming

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COMMON LAW MARRIAGE STATUShelp

Not Allowed

COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATUShelp

No

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#44 in the US