common-law marriage, also known as
the original concept of a "common-law marriage" is a marriage that is considered valid by both partners, but has not been formally recorded with a state or religious registry, or celebrated in a formal religious service. in effect, the act of the couple representing themselves to others as being married, and organizing their relation as if they were married, acts as the evidence that they are married.
the term common-law marriage has wide informal use, often to denote relations that are not legally recognized as common-law marriages. the term common-law marriage is often used colloquially or by the media to refer to