A common law marriage has the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as a traditional marriage. Therefore, the parties must follow the same process as other married parties to end a common law marriage.
If you wish to end your common law marriage, you must file for a dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or annulment. You cannot simply walk away from the relationship. If you don’t seek a divorce and later enter a subsequent marriage, the new relationship is not valid in the eyes of the law.
Consult a lawyer specializing in family law if you decide to dissolve your common law marriage. We can help you determine if your relationship meets the standards for common law marriage.