Common Law Marriage Abolished in S.C.

Authored By: South Carolina Legal Services

SCLS attorney Leslie Fisk describes the differences between ceremonial marriage and common law marriage. She discusses the 2019 South Carolina Family Court case that changed the rule about common law marriage in South Carolina. The bottom line is that you cannot start a common law marriage in South Carolina after July 24, 2019. She provides a few examples of how being common law married, or not, may impact a person’s rights.

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