Family Law Insight
The existence of the judicial doctrine of “common law marriage” has been recognized in Pennsylvania by statute. 23 Pa.C.S.A. Section 1103 (Common-law marriage) provides: “This part shall not be construed to change the existing law with regard to common-law marriage.”
With the divorce rate on a slow and steady increase across the country, the growing number of children born out of wedlock, and the increased willingness of individuals other than the natural parents to take over child-rearing responsibilities, children are becoming an increased focus of the Pennsylvania legal system.