Naples Divorce Attorney Russell Knight releases a new article ( explaining the common law marriage rules in Florida. He mentions that not everyone who was married could register their marriage at the courthouse back in the old days. Most people would only hold a small marriage ceremony and then begin living together. These marriages are commonly known as common-law marriages.

“Common-law marriages are marriages that become legal after the couple lives like husband and wife for a long enough period of time. common law marriages no longer exist in Florida the way they once did, but they’re not completely gone,” says the Naples divorce attorney.

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The lawyer explains that the Florida State Legislature had passed a law that invalidated all common-law marriages made after January 1, 1968. This law was passed in 2016. This law makes all marriages prior to 1968 valid even though they may seem rare these days.

Attorney Russell Knight mentions that common-law marriages are not allowed in Florida anymore. Therefore, anyone who wishes to get married must have a marriage license. Only after you have obtained a marriage license can the marriage be considered valid in Florida.

In the article, attorney Knight explains why it can be hard to get a Florida marriage permit. One of the statutory requirements is that both spouses have to be at least 18 years old. If one spouse is only 17 years old, the other spouse should not be more than 2 years older. Each spouse must also complete a pre-marital course.

According to the divorce lawyer, “If an unmarried couple has a child who has lived in Florida for the last 6 months they have the exact same rights vis-à-vis that child as a married couple. The unmarried couple can and will enter into a parenting plan that will govern their relationship with the child just as a divorcing couple would.”

Lastly, attorney Russell Knight emphasizes the importance of having an experienced attorney when trying to validate a marriage in Florida. Having a skilled lawyer may be able to help the client understand if the marriage they have is a common law marriage and whether it is still valid in the state of Florida.

About the Law Office of Russell Knight

The Law Office of Russell Knight was established in 2009 by the family law attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer has always focused on family and divorce law. Russell's love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Attorney Russell has been licensed as a lawyer in both Florida and Illinois. Contact his office today at (239) 202-0455.


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Law Office of Russell Knight
Russell D. Knight
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1415 Panther Ln #218, Naples, FL 34109, United States


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