Originally Posted by Dexters
Check out common law marriage statues in your state.
Only 9 states still have common law marriage, and they all require mutual intent to become married, and that you are believed in the community to be husband and wife. Several of those 9 only recognize common law marriage posthumously, for the purposes of inheritance. Contrary to popular belief, the girlfriend can't just claim to be in a common law marriage without the man's consent, and them both introducing themselves to everyone as husband and wife.