Common Law Marriage in Florida

marriage.pSince 1968, Florida no longer permits common-law marriages.  Common-law marriages commenced prior to 1968 are fully valid in Florida.  Fla. Stat. § 741.211.  A common law-marriage does not require a ceremony nor a license.   A couple who both agree that they are married, cohabit as husband and wife, and hold themselves out to the public as married may establish a common law marriage in a jurisdiction that recognize such unions.

Is a common-law marriage that was commenced in another state valid in Florida?

Under the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the United States Constitution, Florida will recognize common-law marriages that validly entered in a jurisdiction that recognizes such unions.

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