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Common Law Marriage in NY in 2023

What You Need To Know About Suffolk County, New York Common Law Marriage Laws

It is vital that you realize that very strict time limits are involved in the dissolution of a common law marriage. It is different from other types of marriages, where you can separate and cease to live together and later approach subjects such as property, asset, and debt division.

Does NY Have Common Law Marriage?

No, New York does not have common-law marriage. Suppose the two parties were together in a common law marriage in another state where common law marriage is recognized.

More can be done regarding a common-law marriage breakup in that case. For a couple to be considered legally married in NY, they must obtain a marriage license and have a ceremony performed by an authorized official, such as a judge or religious figure.

Additionally, there are several aspects of a divorce are very different in a common law marriage. For example, the court cannot get involved in a division of assets, property, and debt if the marriage is considered to never have existed. Likewise with issues surrounding custody, support and visitation.

This is why it is vital that you approach the topic with an attorney right away. A divorce attorney from our firm can help you know all the options you have available to you.

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Are you dealing with legal issues around your common law marriage in NY? Contact our Suffolk County common law marriage lawyers online or by calling us at (631) 629-6874 today.


Our Divorce Lawyer is Here to Fight For You!

At the office of Kuhn & Sandler, PLLC, we promise to provide you with honest case evaluations and advice. We want to assist you during a potentially difficult time and make it easier for you. Our goal is to provide you with dedicated legal representation so that we obtain a positive outcome on your behalf.

Our firm has over 30 years of combined experience in the field and extensive knowledge on the laws and processes of divorce cases, including common law marriage and how to resolve the critical issues of support and asset division. Our firm will evaluate your situation and we will work aggressively to obtain what you are entitled to.

How Our New York Family Lawyers Can Help

We will make sure your interests are protected. It is crucial that you find out what can be done in your case under our state law, and potentially other state law, based on the details of your particular situation. We can analyze your case and advise you on how we can help you bring the matter to a resolution.


Contact a Suffolk County divorce attorney for assistance with common law marriage and New York state law.


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