Originally Posted by JD_May
Not to ruin the narrative (and if there's anyone less well read in family law may he raise his hand) but if they're living together and it's basically like marriage aren't they common law spouses, hence doesn't she generally get to take half his stuff?
Common law marriage is no longer recognized in all states I don't think. Where it is recognized, there is usually a requirement for years. Often strong evidence of common law marriage requires the woman to take his surname, for them to have joint checking accounts, to hold themselves out as "really" being married, etc. In most of the cases of the Ring Chaser, they often maintain seperate apartments for a while but basically live together. Eventually some move in together.
But none of my friends have cohabitated and then bought cars together, bought a house together, had a joint checking account, etc. They were more like roomates that had secks; and one roomate wanted to get married and the other never planned on it.
And there is no common law gay marriage.