- Oct 31, 2011
I don't know of ANY common law state who determines common law marriage by time living together, that would be immoral and encouraging immoral behaviors.
Did they live in another state where common law marriage is legal at the time they declared their marriage status? If so, their current residing state does recognize their marriages as legal.
If they have never lived in a common law state and fulfilled the requirements of that state, then no, their current state would not recognize their marriages as legal.
What Common Law marriage does is leave the state out of the marriage contract.