Is common law marriage recognized in Ohio?

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Is common law marriage recognized in Ohio? Under what circumstances?
01/31/2007   |   Category: Marriage   |   State: Ohio   |   #891


A Common Law marriage entered into in Ohio before October 10, l991,
constitutes a valid, legal marriage in Ohio. After October 10, l991, new
Common Law marriages are prohibited in Ohio.

The six essential elements of a Common Law marriage in Ohio are:

1. a mutual agreement of marriage "in praesenti" (presently);

2. made by persons competent to marry;

3. followed by cohabitation (including a sexual consummation of the

4. a holding out to the public that the parties are actually husband and wife;

5. a reputation in the community that the parties are husband and wife; and

6. that the Common Law marriage was entered into before October 10,

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