A common law marriage is a live in relationship that does not Tennessee's licensure and solemnization requirements. Although the couple may hold themselves out as man and wife in every way, a common law marriage is not and has bever been recognized in Tennessee.
However, a commonlaw marriage will be recognized in Tennessee if it is validly contracted in another state that does recognize common law marriage. Common law marriage can still be contracted in eleven states including Alabama, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah. Washington DC also recognizes common law marriage.
A divorce situation is one of the most difficult, frightening, and emotional events than can confront a person. At Bennett & Michael, Attorneys at Law, we don't consider clients as just a number or a case file. We treat each person who walks through the door with the respect, attention, compassion, sense of urgency, and skill that we all deserve, especially in tough situations like divorce.
If you are considering divorce or if a divorce action has already been filed, you have issues and rights that need attention and protection. Contact a knowledgeable and experienced attorney at Bennett & Michael, Attorneys at Law today for a free consultation and case evaluation.