You have lived together for a substantial amount of time.
Common law marriage requires spouses to share a home for a significant portion of the relationship. Documents such as co-signed leases or mortgages, receipts for home repairs or shared property, or documentation of property tax payments can help establish your living situation.
Both spouses have behaved in a way consistent with other marriages in the community.
The couple should act in such a way that friends and neighbors consider them to be married. Some examples of establishing marriage include filing joint tax returns, using the same last name, or naming each other on legal documents as next of kin, healthcare advocate, or insurance beneficiary.
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