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How do we end a common law marriage?

Many people are unfamiliar with how common law marriage actually works. Common law marriage is granted when a couple meets specific requirements determined by their state of residence. Many people believe that once a couple is living together for a certain period of time, they are considered common law married. In fact, there are usually more specific requirements than that. Before considering how to end a common law marriage, you should become familiar with your state’s laws regarding common law marriage to make sure you are legally in one. Majority of states do not currently recognize common law marriage laws. California does not technically recognize common law marriage laws, however, there are other options for couple who seek common law marriage. Some counties in California do recognize common law marriage laws, though there are not standard requirements in place to acquire this type of marriage. Most couples who seek this type of union in California achieve it through some type of loophole. If a couple wants the state to recognize their marriage without obtaining a marriage license, they can either sign power of attorney papers while in the relationship, or contract the common law marriage in a state and district which recognizes this type of marriage. A power of attorney is a document which gives an individual authority to handle another person’s affairs. Granting a power of attorney is a serious decision, because the person who gains control of the other person’s affairs has no restrictions on what they can do with the other person’s principal assets. A couple should take great care before granting a power of attorney....