There is nothing worse than when your loved one is sick or dying, not having the power to do anything about it. If this loved one is someone whom you have been in a relationship with for years or decades, then this could be a huge problem. This problem often comes in the form of inheritance issues if your significant other passes away without a will or maybe you are unable to sign health forms on your significant other’s behalf. Regardless of the issue, sometimes not being married to your significant other can come with serious consequences.
However, some states allow for common law marriages, but is Alabama one of them? Because of the potential issue you could have if you are not married to your significant other, it is important to seek legal advice and representation.
Alabama’s Take on Common Law Marriage
As of January 1, 2017, common law marriages are no longer legal and binding in the state of Alabama. Couples whom had established a common-law marriage prior to this change are unaffected, i.e., their common law marriages are an exception to the current law and considered legal and binding. Common law marriage definitions and laws differ by state, so if you reside in another state, be sure to research the specific rules potentially impacting your relationship.
Need Legal Advice?
Alabama was once a common-law marriage state, however, as of January 2017 Alabama’s law will no longer cover common law marriage. Because of this significant change in the law, it is invaluable to seek legal advice and representation to determine how this law will affect you and your significant other. All situations are different, and because of this it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham family law attorney at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case. Contact our office today!