Civil Unions, Same Sex Marriages, Common Law Marriages admin
Same-Sex Marriages and Civil Unions
Same-sex marriage was legalized in Connecticut on November 12, 2008. Subsequently, civil union laws were repealed effective on October 1, 2010 [as an effect of the legalization of same-sex marriage]. Civil unions may no longer be issued or filed in Connecticut after October 1, 2010.
Note that Connecticut civil unions were converted into marriages by operation of law. In other words, if you had a civil union, but did not get a marriage license or have a marriage ceremony prior to October 1, 2010, your civil union will automatically merge into a legal marriage. See Public Act 09-13.
Common Law Marriages
A common-law marriage is a type of marriage involving two people who (1) agree that they are married, (2) live together, and (3) present themselves as spouses. However, the parties to the marriage did not follow the legal procedures to get married as required by law (i.e. license and solemnization). Some states recognize common-law marriages and some do not.
Connecticut law does not recognize common-law marriages. But, a common-law marriage entered into in a state that does recognize such marriages will be recognized in Connecticut if it was valid under the other state’s law.