Naples Divorce Attorney Russell Knight Discusses The Rules For Common Law Marriages in Florida

Naples divorce attorney Russell Knight releases a new article ( that discusses the rules for common law marriages in Florida. The lawyer mentions that in the older times not everyone who married registered their marriage at the courthouse. Most of the time, people would just hold a small wedding ceremony and start living together. These kinds of marriages are known as common-law marriages.

According to the Naples divorce attorney, “Common law marriages are marriages that become legal after the couple lives like husband and wife for a long enough period of time. common law marriages no longer exist in Florida the way they once did, but they’re not completely gone.”

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The lawyer explains that the Florida State Legislature enacted a law that voids all common-law marriages that were entered after January 1, 1968. This law was enacted in 2016. Under this law, all marriages before 1968 are still valid, even though they may seem uncommon these days.

Attorney Russell Knight mentions that since common-law marriages are no longer allowed in Florida, anyone who wants to be married will have to secure a marriage certificate. Only after securing a marriage license will the marriage be recognized as valid in Florida.

In the article, attorney Knight explains that it can be tricky to secure a marriage license in Florida since there are a lot of requirements that need to be met. One of the statutory requirements includes a rule that says both spouses must be 18 years or older. It is allowed that one of the spouses is 17 years old only if the other spouse is not older than the other by 2 years. A pre-marital course must also be completed by both parties.

“If an unmarried couple has a child who has lived in Florida for the last 6 months they have the exact same rights vis-à-vis that child as a married couple. The unmarried couple can and will enter into a parenting plan that will govern their relationship with the child just as a divorcing couple would,” says the Florida divorce attorney.

Lastly, attorney Russell Knight emphasizes the importance of having an experienced attorney when trying to validate a marriage in Florida. Having a skilled lawyer may be able to help the client understand if the marriage they have is a common law marriage and whether it is still valid in the state of Florida.

About the Law Office of Russell Knight

The Law Office of Russell D. Knight was established in 2009 by the family law attorney Russell D. Knight. The lawyer has always focused on family and divorce law. Russell's love for family law is demonstrated by the numerous articles personally written by the lawyer. Attorney Russell has been licensed as a lawyer in both Florida and Illinois. Contact his office today at (239) 202-0455.


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