Common law marriage in Pennsylvania was recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme
Court one hundred and thirty years ago,
Common law marriage in Pennsylvania was questioned by
the Pennsylvania Supreme Court five years ago.
Common law marriage in Pennsylvania was
abolished by the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court one month ago?
Note: This paper was
presented was October 20, 2003.
Since that time, the Pennsylvania Legislature, did in fact,
render common law marriage proactively invalid after January 1, 2005, by statute (23 § 1103),
stating that" [n]o common-law marriage contracted after January 1, 2005, shall be
Nothing in this part shall be deemed or taken to render any common-law marriage
otherwise lawful and contracted on or before January 1, 2005, invalid." (Nov. 23, 2004,
P.L.954, No.144, eff. 60 days)).