Not any more. It used to be that way in some states. And it was determined for legal reasons--property rights, etc. No. Which is the point.....they're not married no matter how much they might insist they are (I don't know if either couple does insist that). All I know is they have obviously left it this way for a reason. And for the Christian couple doing that it's probably not a good reason to leave it that way. At least not good enough to be considered for fellowship in a local Bible believing church. Maybe to the relief of some here, I would recognize a common law marriage in which the couple approached the authorities to declare the intentions of that union. Like a baptism, it demonstrates sincerity of intent, and commitment and responsibility. Which I have no problem with. If I was a pastor this couple is welcome into the fellowship as a legitimately married couple. Not because the state made it so, but because they demonstrated commitment and responsibility beyond that of simply living together--which is nothing more than immoral sexual behavior.