Saturday, September 20, 2003


The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has abolished the doctrine of common-law marriage. According to the opinion, "[t]he circumstances creating a need for the doctrine are not present in today's society. ... Access to both civil and religious authorities for a ceremonial marriage is readily available in even the most rural areas of the Commonwealth. The cost is minimal, and the process simple and relatively expedient." It is not clear whether the abolition applies to existing common-law marriages or from what date future common-law marriages will be void.

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