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Common-law Marriage

Reviewed 10/30/2023
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Many of the questions about common-law marriage at the law library have to do with benefits after the death of one of the spouses. The Social Security Administration's Program Operations Manual System (POMS) has many sections about common-law marriages in the chapter titled GN 00305: Proof of Marital Relationship. We've linked to just a few below. Use the Previous and Next links in the manual to see more. 


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