Definition of Common-law Marriage
Examples of Common-law Marriage
Common-law Marriage Pronunciation
Syllabification: com·mon law mar·riage
- American English – /kAHm-uhn-law mAIR-ij/
- British English – /kom-uhn-lAW mAr-ij/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈkɑmən-lɑ ˈmɛrɪʤ/
- British English – /ˈkɒmən-lɔː ˈmærɪʤ/
- Plural: common-law marriages
- The legal requirements for a common-law marriage vary by location.
- A type of affinity and cohabitation.
- Variant spelling: common law marriage
- Also called:
- common-law (common law)
- informal marriage
- marriage by habit and repute
- marriage in fact
- sui juris marriage
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “common-law marriage.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 29, 2023 (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 September 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“common-law marriage.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/common-law-marriage/>.