The state of Utah does not recognize so-called “common-law” marriages. However, Utah allows individuals, couples, or even third parties to petition the court to recognize a relationship as a marriage, even absent a traditional marriage ceremony. The court can approve or deny the petition at its discretion. Once the court issues its decree, then the relationship is formally recognized as a marriage.
Recognizing a previous relationship as a marriage can be complicated, necessitating the skills of an attorney who is well-versed in family law. A Salt Lake City family law attorney at Emy A. Cordano, Attorney at Law, can help.