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This requires a fact intensive analysis typically. While courts often require that you hold yourselves out to the world as husband and wife, including filing joint taxes as a married couple, there are SC cases that have held a common law marriage existed without such conduct.
One common misconception is that the parties have to live together for seven years. That is absolutely not true. A South Carolina marriage can be formed in as little as one night. A common law marriage was found where evidence showed that the parties lived together for two years, listed themselves as husband and wife in the telephone directory and on insurance
and income tax forms. Although both parties to the marriage testified that they did not live together as husband and wife, the court still held that a common law marriage existed. Jeanes v. Jeanes, 255 S.C. 161, 177 S.E.2d 537 (S.C. 1970)
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Since you call each other husband and wife and friends know no differently, there is a very good chance a SC court would find that a common law marriage has been established.
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