Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Common Law Marriages in Tennessee

A question that has arisen somewhat frequently as of late has been whether or not Tennessee recognizes common law marriage as a valid legal marriage.  While Tennessee itself does not recognize individuals to be common law married under its own laws, Tennessee will recognize a valid marriage from another state that does not appear "offensive" to the policies of the State.  Tennessee does this under the "Full Faith and Credit" of the US Constitution.  So if a couple is considered married under common law in their state of residence, then Tennessee will recognize it here so long as the marriage is not "offensive".  "Offensive" in this context of the State's policy on marriage are marriages of incest, bigamy and/or of same-sex couples.

If you have Tennessee family law issues, then the licensed attorneys of The Law Offices of Andrew E. Farmer practice in Sevier, Jefferson, Cocke, Blount and Knox Counties. 

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