Common Law Marriage

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Sylvia Rosado
Course Title: Psychology of the Family

New York Divorce and Family Law Marriage: History of Marriage and Common Law Marriage

According to the New York Times Sandra Jennings and actor William Hurt were engaged in a trial in the Supreme Court of New York which was reported on June 26, 1989. Sandra Jennings and William Hurt were living together in South Carolina while he was filming a movie between 1982 and 1983. Ms. Jennings claimed that she was entered into a common law marriage with Hurt during that time. The reason for her clamming that she was entered into a common law marriage is because she said that he had told her they were spiritually married; “they were married in the eyes of god” (William Hurt) . On December 3, 1982 William Hurts divorced Mary Beth Hurt. On January 10th of 1983 Ms. Jennings and William Hurt moved to New York, at that time she established a common-law marriage. Her claim was denied because she was not able to obtain enough proof and didn’t have any evidence; although she gave birth to his son it was still not considered. The only way she would have been considered as common law is if she had made the agreement of common law marriage while living with him in South Carolina, although both of them had to make the agreement. Common law marriage is not recognized by the state of New York. COMMON LAW MARRIAGE Common law marriage is legally recognized in some states based on cohabitation alone. If a couple has lived together and represented themselves as a married couple for a determined number of years they are said to be common law husband and wife. If the couple decides to part ways they would be held to the same legal standards as a "married" couple. Many people have the wrong perception, that if you live together for seven...
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