About once a month, a person calls me and starts asking about their rights regarding their common law marriage in Minnesota. I then spend about the next 10 minutes explain that Common law marriage was abolished in 1941, despite what they may have heard. What is common law marriage? Well, individual states have different interpretation about what  a common law marriage but generally a common law marriage comes from the English and common law system that we inherited in the U.S. In a nutshell, if you live together and hold yourself out as married for a certain period of years, […]

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