Can a man and a woman become legally married by living together as husband and wife — in a “common law marriage” — under Arizona’s laws? No, a common law marriage cannot be created in Arizona.
Some states do recognize common law marriages between a man and a woman. If a couple with a real common law marriage moves to Arizona, then their marriage would be recognized in Arizona as well. In that situation, a divorce of the common law marriage is possible in Arizona.
The District of Columbia and the following 15 states allow couples to create common law marriages:
- Georgia — only if created before Jan. 1, 1997
- Idaho — only if created before Jan. 1, 1996
- New Hampshire — only for inheritance purposes
- Ohio — only if created before Oct. 10, 1991
- Pennsylvania — only if created before Jan. 1, 2005
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina