Is common law marriage legal in Alabama?
In January 2017, common law marriages were no longer recognized as valid. In Alabama, these three things make you legally married by common law. The common law marriage is just as legally binding as a ceremonial marriage. It can only be ended by a divorce or by the death of the husband or wife.
What constitutes common law marriage in Alabama?
Under Alabama's current law, to establish a common-law marriage both partners must be mentally capable of entering a formal relationship; it must be held out to the public that you are a married couple; the intent must be to enter a permanent relationship; and the relationship must be consummated.
What is considered married by common law?
A common law marriage is a legally recognized marriage between two people who have not purchased a marriage license or had their marriage solemnized by a ceremony. Not all states have statutes addressing common law marriage. In some states case law and public policy determine validity.