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Common Law MarriageA Legal Institution for Cohabitation$
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Göran Lind

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195366815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195366815.001.0001

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The Common Law Marriage Contract

The Common Law Marriage Contract

(p.259) CHAPTER 6 The Common Law Marriage Contract
Common Law Marriage

Göran Lind

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses certain basic issues with respect to the contract forming a common law marriage. These include the nature of the marriage contract, the content of the marital intent, the distinction between contracts de praesenti and de futuro, the express contract, and specific issues arising with respect to disparities between the actual intent and the expression of intent (sham marriages).

Keywords:   informal marriage, de praesenti, de futuro, sham marriages

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