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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.
- Word origin of “common-law” and “marriage” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 March 22, 2019 (http://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 http://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 March 22, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“common-law marriage.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/>.