Does Alabama Recognize Common Law Marriage?

The answer to that questions is yes and no. In 2016, the Alabama Legislature passed a law banning the recognition of new common law marriage. Since January 1, 2017, couples who seek marriage can no longer hold themselves out to the public as husband and wife. They must legally get married. Since 2017, couples seeking marriage must take a few steps to become legally married.  The steps are as follows: the couple must engage in a ceremony that is solemnizedContinue reading