Common law marriage was abolished in Ohio on October 10, 1991. However, a common law marriage that existed prior to the abolition date is still valid.
So how do you establish a common law marriage? You must show the following:
- An agreement to marry by parties competent to contact. If a party is unable to establish an agreement to marry by direct evidence, indirect evidence can be offered such as cohabitation and community reputation and proof that the parties were recognized in the community as husband and wife.
- Cohabitation as husband and wife.
- The parties must hold themselves out as husband and wife.
- The parties must be treated and reputed as husband and wife by the community.
For more information on common law marriage, contact a Cleveland Family Law Lawyer.