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A common law “marriage” is not created in Oregon. However, if a couple is from a state that acknowledges common law marriages, and the couple meets the requirements of common law marriage of that state, then the state of Oregon will recognize the marriage of that state as valid in Oregon. However, CA does not have common law marriage there either but they do recognize it from another State, so even though you lived there previously, it would not give rise to a common law marriage since that State does not recognize them. Now, if you have things in writing with him, you can use that as a contractual relationship and if there is a breach, go after and sue him for that.
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