2022 Georgia Code
Title 19 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 3 - Marriage Generally
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 19-3-1.1. Common-Law Marriage; Effectiveness

Universal Citation: GA Code § 19-3-1.1 (2022)

No common-law marriage shall be entered into in this state on or after January 1, 1997. Otherwise valid common-law marriages entered into prior to January 1, 1997, shall not be affected by this Code section and shall continue to be recognized in this state.

History. Code 1981, § 19-3-1.1 , enacted by Ga. L. 1996, p. 1414, § 1.

Editor’s notes.

Ga. L. 1996, p. 1414, § 2, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: “The Department of Human Resources is authorized and directed to implement a state-wide education program through the broadcast and print media to inform state residents regarding the Code section enacted by this Act and the elements of a valid common-law marriage.”

Law reviews.

For annual survey article discussing wills, trusts and administration of estates, see 52 Mercer L. Rev. 481 (2000).

For article, “Marriage, Death and Taxes: The Estate Planning Impact of Windsor and Obergefell on Georgia’s Same Sex Spouses,” see 21 Ga. St. Bar. J. 9 (Oct. 2015).

For article, “Cohabitation Worldwide Today,” see 35 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 299 (2019).

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