What states still recognize common law marriages?

The states of Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah still recognize common law marriages. The District of Columbia also recognizes common law marriages. Georgia recognizes existing common law marriages that were entered into before January 1, 1997. In common law marriages, if the parties reside together for a certain number of years (often seven) and hold themselves out as a married couple, then they will have a valid, common law marriage.