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Why Marriage Is Important

People have all these weird ideas about marriage. Then they live with someone for years on end without getting married and are surprised they don't have the same rights as married people.

MARRIED PEOPLE HAVE RIGHTS UNMARRIED PEOPLE DON'T HAVE!!!
IF YOU WANT THOSE RIGHTS GET MARRIED!!

Unmarried Couples Find Divorce Difficult: Couples Who 'Live Together' Are Hoping To Divorce Legally
wdsu.com, November 9, 2011
"NEW ORLEANS -- Divorce isn't easy; but it's even harder for couples who didn't get married in the first place.

One New Orleans attorney says he has seen an increase in the number of unmarried couples who want to file for a legal divorce.

"Just because you've lived together for 15 years, helped pay the bills at the house and you've helped pay the car note you don't necessarily have ownership in that particular item," says Hamilton.

He says that too often couples believe they own items that they don't own.

"If they live in this house it's their house. If they drive this car it's their car he's been working at xyz company and he has retirement and I'm entitled to that. If you're not married you're not entitled to any of those things," says Hamilton.

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Well, some states still have common-law. Obviously New Orleans isn't one of em.
It's just that I have heard people claim that getting married in order to get the rights of a married couple is not a valid reason to get married. Which just makes my head explode. The reason marriage requires a legal document is because it involves legal rights. If you don't want the rights of a married person there is no reason to get married. You don't need to get married to live together or have sex.

Fewer and fewer states have common law marriage. New York doesn't.

Common Law Marriage Fact Sheet
There is a common misperception that if you live together for a certain length of time (seven years is what many people believe), you are common-law married. This is not true anywhere in the United States.

STATES THAT RECOGNIZE COMMON LAW MARRIAGE:
Only a few states recognize common law marriages:
Alabama
Colorado
Georgia (if created before 1/1/97)
Idaho (if created before 1/1/96)
Iowa
Kansas
Montana
New Hampshire (for inheritance purposes only)
Ohio (if created before 10/10/91)
Oklahoma (possibly only if created before 11/1/98. Oklahoma's laws and court decisions may be in conflict about whether common law marriages formed in that state after 11/1/98 will be recognized.)
Pennsylvania (if created before 1/1/05)
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Texas
Utah
Washington, D.C.