Common Law Marriage in Rhode Island
Representing Domestic Partnership Issues
In the state of Rhode Island, marriage does not always require a wedding ceremony or a license. If you consider yourself married and meet certain requirements, you can establish a common law marriage and enjoy the rights and privileges of a married couple. Our Rhode Island family lawyers at McIntyre Tate LLP can ensure you understand the process for common law marriage. We can assist you with marital disputes, divorce, and other family-related issues.
What Are the Requirements for a Common Law Marriage?
Circumstantial evidence can help to establish a common law marriage. This may include jointly owned property, a joint bank account, or the couple sharing a last name. Additionally, time is not a factor for common law marriage in Rhode Island. It does not matter if you were holding yourself as married for two months or two years; you can still be considered married under the law.
- In order for a common law marriage to be valid in Rhode Island, the couple must:
- Intend to be married
- Hold themselves out as married to the public
- Cohabitate or live together
Handling Common Law Issues in Providence
If you end your relationship and want to go through the divorce process, are planning to move out of state with your spouse, or if your spouse passes away and you are going through the probate process, it may become necessary to legally establish your common law marriage.
Throughout the years we have been in practice, our Rhode Island family law attorneys have represented individuals in a variety of common law cases. We have more than 150 years of combined experience in the field of family law and common law marriages in the state of Rhode Island.
Contact our firm online for an appointment to discuss common law marriage, domestic partnerships, and cohabitation issues. We can answer your questions and provide you with skilled representation in a divorce or other matter.