Tag Archives: common law marriage

Is There a Such Thing as Common Law Divorce?

Common law marriage is the concept of a couple living together for a certain amount of time and thereby automatically gaining status as a married couple. While some states recognize common law marriages, New York is not one of them. In New York, a couple must take measures to legally wed in a civil proceeding… Read More »

Common Law Marriage in New York

Contrary to popular belief, only a few states recognize common law marriages. Many people still assume that by living together for a period and holding themselves out as man and wife, they attain the rights of being married. Often people think the magic number of years is seven. The reality is that New York does… Read More »

What Is a Palimony Action?

Palimony is spousal support for couples who are united through common law marriage. A common law marriage is marriage that occurs when two people in a relationship cohabitate a dwelling for an extended period. New York has no common law marriage. As a result, no matter how long two people live together in the state,… Read More »