Does Social Security recognize common law marriage for the purpose of paying survivors and spouse`s benefits?

Social Security follows the laws of the State where the couple reside. Many States do not honor common-law marriages, so you should check local laws. However, most States (even those in which a man and woman could not enter into a valid common-law marriage) will generally recognize a common-law marriage validly entered into in another State.

Speak to an Experienced Elder Law Attorney Today

This article is intended to be helpful and informative. But even common legal matters can become complex and stressful. A qualified elder lawyer can address your particular legal needs, explain the law, and represent you in court. Take the first step now and contact a local elder attorney to discuss your specific legal situation.

Additional Elder Law Articles

Search LawInfo's Elder Law Resources