Issue: What is the status of common law marriage in Illinois?
|Area of Law:||Family Law|
|Keywords:||Common-law marriage; Legally recognized; Cohabitation|
|Cited Cases:||244 N.E.2d 830; 311 N.E.2d 242|
Although Illinois does not recognize common law marriage within its boundaries, it does recognize common law marriage when the status arose in other states. In re Wakefield’s Estate, 19 Ill. App. 3d 98, 311 N.E.2d 242 (1974). For such a status to be recognized, the cohabitation and representation as husband and wife must be voluntary, with the intent at the present time to enter into the relationship of husband and wife followed by cohabitation. Newton v. Lehman, 105 Ill. App. 2d 442, 244 N.E.2d 830 (1969).