I have been living with my boyfriend/girlfriend for several years. Am I common law married?”

“I have been living with my boyfriend/girlfriend for several years. Am I common law married?”  Most likely, the answer is no.  Living together does not, in itself, create a common law marriage.  There is not a durational requirement for common law marriage in Oklahoma, meaning it doesn’t matter whether a couple has lived together for 24 hours or 24 years.  The fact that a couple lives together for a long time may be evidence there is a common law marriage, but this evidence by itself, will not prove anything.  Both parties must have the mutual consent to be married. 
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