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Common Law Marriage: A Legal Institution for Cohabitation

Göran Lind


This book is a comprehensive analysis of common law marriage. Part I provides a cultural and historical history of the subject, from Ancient Roman Law to Medieval Canon Law, and analyzes the reception of the doctrine in the United States. The current law concerning common law marriage is extremely complex and uncertain. By analyzing more than 2,000 American cases, Part II of the book is intended to be a legal guide for courts, public authorities and law firms dealing with common law marriage cases. It discusses the legal requirements for the establishment of a common law marriage as to capacit ... More

Keywords: common law marriage, cohabitation, legal requirements, modern cohabitation law, family law, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195366815
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Göran Lind, author
University of Uppsala, Sweden