common-law marriage

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

Examples:

  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. United States

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Usage Notes:

  • 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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Works Consulted

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Princeton University. 2010. WordNet. (http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

 

How to Cite the Definition of Common-law Marriage

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “common-law marriage.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 12, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

common-law marriage. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “common-law marriage.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 12, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“common-law marriage.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 12 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/>.