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Have you ever agreed to be married to each other?
Do you hold yourselves out to others as husband and wife?
Do you file your taxes separately?
How about banking....keep your accounts separate?
Do you rent or own?
If you own, who is on the deed to the property?
I gave her a ring in the 80's
Not really- our friends and family know that we have never married
No joint filing of taxes or any other financial matters
No comingling of funds- we have separate accounts
I own several properties, all of which are in my name only.
Ok, then I think that you would not meet the legal requirements in DC to be considered common law married. In order to have a valid common law marriage in DC, a couple must intend to be married, must live together for a significant period of time, and must hold themselves out as a married couple.
If you never introduced each other as "my wife" or "my husband" when meeting people and there was no agreement between the two of you to consider yourselves married, then you are simply a couple in a long term dating relationship or at best, ***** ***** fiance's who simply never formalized your relationship into a marriage.