Law of dating
So let's start by putting one of the most common misconceptions to rest.
If two people live together for seven years (or any other number of years), they aren't automatically common law spouses.
Couples who do marry under common law are likely to have their marriage recognized in states where common law is off the books. Rights to protecting a family residence and dividing family assets are only granted to legally married couples Fact or Fiction?
Interestingly, the idea of common law marriage actually dates back to medieval England.
It simply came about due to transportation difficulties and limitations.
In short, it pays to be familiar with the laws in your state.
If you want your relationship with your partner to be officially recognized, take the necessary steps to give legal effect to the relationship.