Common Law Marriage Contracted in Another State

Barrington Family Law Attorney

Generally, a common law marriage is the recognition of a marriage not meeting the formal requirements of a marriage (usually due to deficiencies in the ceremony or documentation), with the parties holding themselves out as being married. 

Pursuant to Illinois law, common law marriages contracted in Illinois are invalid.

Suppose, however, the parties reside in another state that recognizes common law marriages and the parties contract a common law marriage in that state. Then, the parties move or relocate to Illinois and, ultimately, decide to sever their relationship. You may be wondering whether Illinois may recognize the validity of a common law marriage contracted in another state.

With so much at stake, including legal rights, financial interests, and emotional concerns, it is prudent to consult with a dedicated Barrington family law attorney regarding your specific situation.

Contact attorney Blake Austin Culver at Richard W. Culver, Ltd. to inquire about whether Illinois may recognize the validity of a common law marriage contracted in another state.

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