Tried to Fool Them, But Tricked Ourselves; When Not Getting Married is Getting Married

Unlike some other states in this nation, New York does not recognize “common law marriage.” Common law marriage is a form of legal marriage that arises out of situations that did not include a wedding ceremony. Two examples from two other states would be (1) living together for seven years or more and holding each other out as each other’s spouse; (2) checking into a hotel, registering as husband and wife, and introducing the other person as your spouse at dinner to the waitress such as my wife will have… then spending the night together. New York legislated this away in the very late 1800’s. Read more