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    does illinois have common law marriage


    Yes, Illinois recognizes common law marriage under specific conditions. If a couple meets the requirements of a common law marriage, they're legally considered married without a formal ceremony. However, Illinois stopped recognizing new common law marriages since 1905. To be recognized, the relationship must have commenced before that year, and it must meet certain criteria, including holding yourselves out as a married couple and cohabitating. Otherwise, couples would need to follow the state's marriage laws and obtain a marriage license to be legally married in Illinois.

    May 13 2024

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