As I understand it, North Carolina doesn’t recognize common law marriages except where a common law agreement was created in a state that does recognize common law marriages.
My question is this…
I’ve been in a relationship (in NC) for 10 years and, during that 10 years, I was relocated to Ontario, Canada and was recognized as common law while living there. The mortgage, deed, bank accounts, and credit cards were in both our names and we do not have any children.
We moved back to NC after 2.5 years. Currently, her name is not on the mortgage, deed, bank accounts, or credit cards, but she is on my cell phone plan and listed as a domestic partner for health benefits.
Does this situation constitute a recognized marriage in the state of North Carolina?