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3,453 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 18 years ago by raineshower

Do you perceive people who are in common-law relationships to be of a lower class?


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18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 4/11/04 - 8:26:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why would they be considered lower class? The only difference between common law and a married couple is that one spent a bundle on a big party and a dress the chick will only wear once.

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 4/11/04 - 8:30:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, not particularly. Two rather famous examples off the top of my head are Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon and Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

Unless they've married sometime recently...

And don't couples have to be together for quite a while before it's considered common-law?

18 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 9:35:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
A couple only has to be living together for 6 months to be considered common-law (in Canada anyhow) After that time period, if they split up, they are each entitled to half of whatever they have together.

The reason I asked this question is that not that long ago "common-law" used to be used in reference to those of a lower financial status who were "shacked up".

I myself am technically in a common law relationship right now. Really the only difference is a piece of paper and a ceremony.

18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 3:28:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
What exacaly are common law relationships? Is it being married...but not legally married?
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Friday 4/16/04 - 3:43:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Well here, common-law is referred to as DeFacto and any relationship spanning 6 months or longer is recognized as a serious one, including same sex partnerships. I've been in both, we lived together for ages before we got married. I don't consider one better than the other.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/29/04 - 5:52:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah. They are no longer a swingin' single.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/29/04 - 5:46:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yup, they definetly should not be allowed to mingle with normal folks.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/29/04 - 6:37:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't perceive them as anything, except two people living together. I couldn't care less.
18 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 4/29/04 - 6:52:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
Common law marriage means that if two people live together as husband and wife for a given period of time (it varies from place to place), they are considered to be legally married, must get a divorce if they wish to split up (seldom enforced), and each are entitled to 1/2 the marriage assets after the break.

California doesn't have common law marriage anymore.

18 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/19/04 - 10:32:34 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not lower class, I just look at it as the relationship that suits that couple best.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 1:08:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
no but I believe that being legally married has more benefits
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 9/1/04 - 1:51:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not in the least.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 9/2/04 - 7:42:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
not at all. some couples just don't dig marriage.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 9/2/04 - 3:41:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that would actually be better to get into . you dont have to change very much , and if you both decide to end it you jsut basicly leave each other without any problems or procedure. But I think some common law couples have a ceramony but I'm not 2 sure
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 9/2/04 - 4:01:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, it's their choice, not mine. I'll let them do what they want.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 9/3/04 - 8:04:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nah, I figure if they are both ok with it, then maybe they just aren't the marrying type
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Saturday 9/4/04 - 4:26:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. Basically, a 6-month married couple also has a common-law marriage.
17 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Monday 9/6/04 - 3:48:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I dont even see the real difference apart from the little piece of paper.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 9/15/04 - 12:09:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Mostly no, but a bit yes. I don't understand why two people would have all the commitment of a marriage and not the legal rights by their own choice. It's not very logical.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 9/15/04 - 2:43:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nopes. I think they shouldn't have kids, because it makes it hard on the kids if they ever decide to 'split up' but I don't see any problems with it.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 9/15/04 - 2:44:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, not at all. One of my uncles is in such a relationship and I see his partner as my aunt.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 9/16/04 - 5:46:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
They no longer see common law as a legal thing in Michigan anymore, but no, I deffinitly don't see it.
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 9/16/04 - 3:17:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
no i dont
17 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Saturday 9/18/04 - 4:04:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's a good option for those who don't feel ready for marriage or don't feel the need to get married. Also, think about the courts time that would be wasted if they decided to split up if they were married!
17 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Tuesday 12/21/04 - 5:29:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
not at all

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