Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Common Law Marriage Abolished in South Carolina

From ABA Journal:

If you want to get married in South Carolina, you are going to need a valid marriage certificate.

The South Carolina Supreme Court abolished recognition of common-law marriage in a decision last week, report the Legal Profession Blog, the Post and Courier, and WYFF. The decision applies to future relationships and not to people already in common-law marriages.

Fewer than 10 states recognize common-law marriage, according to the opinion. The most recent state to abolish common-law marriage was Alabama, which adopted a law barring such marriages in 2016.

Read more here.

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