Post # 1
Anyone here live in one of the 7 states that recognize common law marriage and actually do it that way? I have a few questions – like, how did you go about changing your name? Did you just start calling yourself by your FI’s last name but not legally change it? Did you have to go down and legally change it? How did everyone respond to the common law idea? Did you still have a wedding – if so, with a ceremony?
Post # 3
I worked with a woman who was common law-ed for 15+ years. She never changed her name or had anything. When the state we lived in stop recognizing common law a few years back they eloped to keep all the benefits that were being eliminated.
Post # 4
I’m in Canada and my fiancé amd I are legally considered common law spouses after living together for one year. We made each other our beneficiaries for life insurance and work health benefits. It’s so easy here. Our wedding is 18 months so all we have to do then is name change.
Post # 5
@Pinkmoon: Exactly… we call each other husband and wife but not “legally” married with a wedding. We are common-law spouses.
I am now waiting for a e-ring and we are getting married in the spring next year. So we will have a piece of paper saying we are wife and husband!
Post # 6
Thanks for the responses! When we move to SC, SC recognizes common law marriage and there’s no time on it. Basically, as soon as we move, if we hold ourselves out as married, we’re married. Still want to do the whole e-ring and wedding ceremony thing, but I want to take his name before I establish myself and my career there. I think I will just have to go down and change my name or wait until we actually get married. Ugh, who wants to wait!? Not me! 🙂