Is there common law marriage in Ohio Common law marriage

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					Is there “common law” marriage in Ohio?
        Common law marriage in Ohio was abolished effective March 10, 1991. Any persons who
        entered into a valid common law marriage before that date are still valid, but no couples could
        create a new common law marriage under Ohio law after that date. However, if parties
        entered into a valid common law marriage in another state and they moved to Ohio, Ohio will
        recognize the validity of a common law marriage that was established under the laws of the
        other state.

         A common law marriage is a marriage where the parties do not obtain a marriage certificate or
         otherwise perform the formalities of a ceremonial marriage, but are married because they
         agreed between themselves to be married, represented themselves to other people and
         agencies as being married persons, and have a reputation among their friends, neighbors,
         community, etc. for being married. Before 1991, common law marriage was fairly common in
         Ohio. However, since then Ohio (as well as most other states) have abolished common law
         marriage.

         For further information, the Ohio State Bar Association’s web site provides this pamphlet:
         “Ohio’s Marriage Laws.”

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