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Are Common Law Marriages Recognized in North Carolina?

In Relationships, Separation & Divorce by Carly Baker

The concept of common law marriage is an informal situation in which a couple resides together and holds themselves out to their community as husband and wife. This is informal because the couple has not undergone the formal process or met the requisites to obtain a marriage license, which includes: Obtaining a marriage license directly from a county clerk in North Carolina. This requires an application, meeting the age requirements, as well as ID, social security number, and paying a fee. Or, Having a religious officiant or properly ordained person perform a ceremony, then verify and submit a marriage license to a county clerk. There are several states across the country that recognize common law marriage if a couple has held themselves out as married for a specific number of …