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Common Law Marriage: A Proposal for the Revival of a Dying Doctrine

Sonya C. Garza

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The twentieth century led to a destruction of common law marriage throughout American states. Today, only eleven states and the District of Columbia recognize common law marriage. In this paper, I will review the past and present of common law marriage in advocating for a revival of the recognition of common law marriage throughout America. In Part I of the paper I will focus on the history of common law marriage and its subsequent destruction. In Part II of the paper I will discuss the destruction of common law marriage. In Part III of the paper I will review common law marriage as it exists today. In Part IV of the paper I will discuss the current legal alternatives to common law marriage. In Part V of the paper I will advocate for a revival of common  law marriage throughout the United States.
40 New Eng. L. Rev. 541

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