Common-law-marriage meaning

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A form of marriage, available in some jurisdictions, that may be established by meeting certain legal requirements such as declaring the intent to be regarded as married and cohabiting, rather than as a result of obtaining an official license.
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(law) A marriage not solemnized by religious or civil ceremony but effected by cohabitation as husband and wife.
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A marriage based on the duration of cohabitation rather than formal ceremony.
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