Q: I'm from Oklahoma. What constitutes common law in this state?
We don't own any property in common. But I do pay all the utility bills as my contribution for living in his house. I don't plan to marry him. And I was wondering, if I came into some money if he could claim part of it because we've lived together for 2 years.
A: No. Living together is not enough to create a common law marriage in Oklahoma. You have to treat each other, and hold out to the public, that you are married. Taking the same name, having children, sharing bank accounts, owning property, and telling the general public that you're married are all things the court would consider. Simply sharing the same house isn't likely to be enough. You should consult with an attorney to get a more detailed opinion.
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