Common Law Marriage in Rhode Island
In the state of Rhode Island, marriage does not always require a wedding ceremony or a license. If you consider yourself married and meet certain requirements, you can establish a common law marriage and enjoy the rights and privileges of a married couple. Our Rhode Island family lawyers at McIntyre Tate LLP can ensure you understand the process for common law marriage. We can assist you with marital disputes, divorce, and other family-related issues.
What Are the Requirements for a Common Law Marriage?
One of the biggest myths surrounding common law marriage is that a couple must be in a relationship for a certain amount of time to qualfy for a common law marriage. This is false! Time is not a factor for common law marriage in Rhode Island. It does not matter if you holding yourself as married for two months or two years; you can still be considered married under the law if you meet the following criteria:
- Intend to be married
- Hold yourselves out as married to the public
- Cohabitate or live together
Circumstantial evidence can help to establish a common law marriage. This may include jointly owned property, a joint bank account, or the couple sharing a last name. If you have more questions about common law marriage, read our blog, or call our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
Handling Common Law Issues with an Attorney
While a common law marriage provides similar legal rights as an official marriage, there are still significant differences that can become very complicated. For instance, pursuing a divorce, moving out of state with your spouse, or if your spouse passes away and you are going through the probate process, are all situations where you need an experienced attorney to represent your rights.
Throughout the years we have been in practice, our Rhode Island family law attorneys have represented individuals in a variety of common law cases. We have more than 150 years of combined experience in the field of family law and common law marriages in the state of Rhode Island.
Contact our firm online for an appointment to discuss common law marriage, domestic partnerships, and cohabitation issues. Our Rhode Island family lawyers can answer your questions and provide you with skilled representation in a divorce or other matter.