Does the state of Arizona recognize common law marriage?
Common law marriages cannot be formed in the State of Arizona, regardless of how many years you live together. However, if you legally achieved common law marriage status in another state that recognizes such unions before moving to Arizona, Arizona will recognize you as legally married.
What constitutes common law marriage in Arizona?
A common law marriage occurs when a couple lives together for a certain number of years (generally more than 10) and holds themselves out as being married (by introducing the each other as a spouse, or by stating they are married on forms).
Does Arizona have domestic partnership?
Domestic partnerships are recognized in Arizona, but only for limited purposes, such as where a patient in a hospital is unable to make or communicate healthcare treatment decisions. It is important to note that there is no law in Arizona giving domestic partners the same or similar rights as a couple who is married.