Legal-dweeb question: does the Church recognise “common-law” marriages? A Mormon definition of sexual immorality involves the question of “legal” and “lawful” marriage. So, if a couple are married according to “common-law” does this make them “married” in the eyes of the Church, and therefore not “living in sin”? As I understand it, common-law marriage (where you act like a married couple, you talk like a married couple, you live like a married couple, but you have never officially been married in a ceremony) is accepted in 16 states including Utah.
(And in case you are wondering, the missus and I are legally and lawfully married according to English law! I was just reading about common-law marriage in America, and being the inquisitive chap that I am, wondered what the Church has to say on the subject, if anything.)