I remember my dad's friends joking around in the 70's & 80's about how they had to find a new place to live, because they were approaching 10 years of living with their girlfriends. Dangerously close to a Common-Law Marriage. I always thought it existed in Connecticut, it does, in a way.

WRKI and WINE logo
Get our free mobile app

Connecticut does not recognize Common-Law Marriage unless a common-law marriage was entered into a state that does recognize such marriages. If valid, it will be recognized in Connecticut also. You may be all set if you move to Connecticut from:

  • Alabama
  • Colorado
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Utah

If you move here from anywhere else, you must obtain a marriage license from the vital records office of the town where the marriage will take place if you are planning on getting married in Connecticut. Once you are married, this license is magically turned into a marriage certificate after it's been filed with the town.

As of October 1, 2010, couples can no longer enter into civil unions in Connecticut, and all existing civil unions have been converted to marriage.

What are the requirements to get married in Connecticut? The blood test isn't required anymore, and you have to be at least 18 years old. But, If you're under 18, you can with written consent from a parent, guardian, or probate court judge. If you're under 16? You will need written consent from a probate court judge.

Connecticut's Booziest Towns/Cities

Check Out The 21 Connecticut Restaurants Among The 'New England Top 100'

Recently Yelp published its list of the top 100 restaurants in the New England area and Connecticut should be proud of itself with 21 that made the list. From thin-crust pizza from Zeneli's in New Haven to the wonders of the Mediterranean with dinner at Yalla Organic Hummus & Grill in Fairfield. Let's take a look at the Connecticut restaurants that made the list compiled by our good friends at Yelp.

The Crystal Mall in Waterford, CT: Dead Mall Walking or Still Alive and Well?

More From WRKI and WINE