common-law marriage

 (noun) Legally, a marriage established by the duration of cohabitation, not a civil or religious ceremony.

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  • Plural: common-law marriages
  • The legal requirements for a common-law marriage vary by locality.
  • A type of affinity and cohabitation.
  • Variant form: common law marriage
  • Also called:
    • common-law (common law)
    • informal marriage
    • marriage by habit and repute
    • sui juris marriage
  • Common-law marriage used in a sentence: Common-law marriage in United States is only available in a few locations such as Texas.

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