Marriage

Does Common Law Marriage Still Exist in California? Yes and No.

Does common law marriage still exist in California? The answer is yes and no.

It’s a good question and one that is the subject of misunderstanding. We have heard or read others say that California never recognizes any type of common law marriage in any situation or other statements similar to that. But is that really true?

Keep reading. Obviously, this article is not legal advice. It only provides general information. If you need legal advice about your situation, please have a private consultation with an attorney. Also, this article only addresses general information about California law and not any other State or jurisdiction.

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