Monday, June 27, 2011
If one person in a relationship believes the couple is married and the other says they're not, what does the law say?
A Maplewood woman divorcing her husband of 18 years argued she should be treated as a spouse because she had a "good-faith belief" that they were legally married.
Initially wed in the Hmong tradition, Su Xiong and Choa Yang Xiong described themselves as husband and wife, obtained a marriage license and filed taxes and bought houses and insurance together as a married couple.
They did not, however, get a marriage certificate. The husband, Su Xiong, argued in court that this meant they were not legally married.
But the state Court of Appeals agreed with a Ramsey County district judge this week that the woman was a "putative spouse" under Minnesota law, with all the benefits that implies.
Read more here.