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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 487         FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1192

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Ruth B. Balser, (BY REQUEST)

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to recognize common law marriage in the Commonwealth .

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Linda McMullen

 

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 487        FILED ON: 1/11/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1192

By Ms. Balser of Newton (by request), a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1192) of Linda McMullen, Denise Andrews and David M. Rogers for legislation to recognize common law marriage in the Commonwealth.  The Judiciary. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to recognize common law marriage in the Commonwealth .
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Chapter 207 § 59

              Persons cohabiting and acknowledging each other as spouse, and generally reputed to be such, for 3 years shall thereafter be deemed to have been legally married.

              Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to render any common-law marriage, otherwise lawful, invalid by reason of the failure to take out a license or follow solemnization procedures as provided by this chapter.

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