So I was talking about comon-law marriages the other day with a colleague.
My wife and I were common law before we were married, and so were he and his wife.
Later on the conversation drifted to the FLDS families who have been in the news lately and we wondered, in the event that a single person resides, shares bills with and pools resources with several members of the opposite sex, does a common-law relationship exist?
There would be if only a single member of each sex were to live in the same arrangement.?Ç¬† It seems that some rights are being lost to some of the parties in the arrangement and since the whole point of the common law was to make sure all parties were to retain their rights, it seems that something may be amiss if it is not the case.
If, on the other hand, a common law marraige does exist – is it with all adult members of the household? What if they’re just dorm-mates while attending college etc.?
I see this as a sticky wicket. Any thoughts?