Common Law Marriage in Arizona
Thus, if you do not live in a state with common law marriage, it doesn’t matter how many years you live with your partner. You may have a personal commitment to one another, love each other unequivocally, yet there is nothing legally binding. Some couples decide they do not want to get married, but instead live together like they were married — sharing bills, combining assets, sharing accounts, buying a home, building equity.
Additionally, among the common “marriage myths” is the oft-heard: “Well, if you live with someone seven years, then you are legally married.” This might be true in some states, but not in Arizona.
What happens if the couple splits?
If their relationship was never recognized by their state as a common-law relationship/marriage, they are really back to boyfriend-girlfriend-we-might-as-well-have-only-been-dating-two-weeks stage of their relationship. It is difficult to end a long-term relationship when the break-up makes way for disputes about the division of property.
A common law partnership can only exist if you are a couple who lives together for a required/significant length of time in a state that recognizes these marriages. Therefore, if you hold yourself to the standard of a married couple in your community or employment, a court may view your situation as one that may be deemed a marriage by common law.
I Have Been with my Partner for 7 Years, Am I Married Now?
So you’ve been with your partner for a long time. It’s time to start considering yourselves common-law married, a sort of “marriage-like” status that triggers when you’ve lived together for seven years. Right?
Nope. Don’t believe everything you hear. That’s all bogus.
For one, common-law marriage, which traces its roots to old English law, isn’t a nationwide thing. It exists in only a small number of states. Therefore, unless you live in one of those states, getting hitched will involve an official “I do” ceremony.
Also, that common-law kicks in after partners live together for a certain period of time? That’s a flat-out myth.
Finding yourself in a “gray” area regarding Common Law?
Seek the advice of an experienced Arizona family law lawyer. Many offer FREE CONSULTATIONS and can give you advice, point you in the right direction, or help you resolve any family law or common law situations that you may have.
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My Arizona Lawyers – Candace Kallen