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Post time 2007-6-26 21:34:58 |Display all floors
Inside, they found the lifeless bodies of a man, his common-law wife and the woman’s mother.


http://www.thestar.com/News/article/229465

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Post time 2007-6-27 08:44:03 |Display all floors

事实上的妻子

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What is a common law marriage?

In some states in the US, heterosexual couples can become legally married without a license or ceremony. This type of marriage is called a common law marriage. Contrary to popular belief, a common law marriage is not created when two people simply live together for a certain number of years. In order to have a valid common law marriage, the couple must do all of the following:

    * live together for a significant period of time (not defined in any state)
    * hold themselves out as a married couple -- typically this means using the same last name, referring to the other as "my husband" or "my wife," and filing a joint tax return, and
    * intend to be married.

When a common law marriage exists, the spouses receive the same legal treatment given to formally married couples, including the requirement that they go through a legal divorce to end the marriage.

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Post time 2007-6-27 09:50:27 |Display all floors
Originally posted by rovi297 at 2007-6-26 08:39 PM
Any difference than de facto wife (marriage)?


Apparently the same, just different terminology in different countries.  However, I am not sure if they all have the same legal status.

From wikipedia:
In Australia the term de facto marriage is often used to refer to relationships between men and women who are not married but are effectively living as husband and wife for a period of time, however common-law marriage is sometimes heard. The Federal parliament has power to legislate for marriages, which it first did in 1959 with respect to divorces and separation with the Matrimonial Causes Act (covering divorces, etc.) which has now been replaced by the Family Law Act,1975. The Marriage Act,1961 provides for the formalities required for a lawful marriage. The Marriage Act does not recognize 'common law marriages'. The Federal parliament has no power over de-facto marriages, and thus all Australian states and territories have legislation covering aspects of de-facto marriages, such as property distribution, and spouse maintenance if a relationship ends (however children born out of wedlock are covered by the Family Law Act 1975 as a result of the states remitting this power to the Commonwealth). Most laws dealing with taxation, social welfare, pensions, etc. treat de-facto marriages in the same manner as solemnized marriages.

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谢谢各位。

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