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The Council of Trent (1545–1563) introduced more specific requirements, ruling that in the future a marriage would be valid only if witnessed by the pastor of the parish or the local ordinary (i.e., the bishop of the diocese), or by the delegate of one of said witnesses, the marriage being invalid otherwise, even if witnessed by a Catholic priest.The Tridentine canons did not bind the Protestants or the Eastern Orthodox, but clandestine marriage was impossible for the latter, since marriage required the presence of a priest for validity.In Canada, for instance, while couples in "marriage-like relationships" may have many of the rights and responsibilities of a marriage (laws vary by province), couples in such partnerships are not legally considered married, although they may be legally defined as "unmarried spouses" and for many purposes (such as taxes, financial claims, etc.) they are treated as if they were married.In recent years, the term common-law marriage has gained increased use as a generic term for all unmarried couples – however, this term has a narrow legal meaning.Community recognition of a marriage was largely what qualified it as a marriage.The state had only limited interests in assessing the legitimacy of marriages.England abolished clandestine or common-law marriages in the Marriage Act 1753, requiring marriages to be performed by a priest of the Church of England unless the participants in the marriage were Jews or Quakers. The Act did not apply to Scotland because by the Acts of Union 1707 Scotland retained its own legal system.To get around the requirements of the Marriage Act, such as minimum age requirements, couples would go to Gretna Green in southern Scotland, or other border villages such as Coldstream, to get married under Scots law.
Since March 1, 2009 de facto relationships have been recognized in the Family Law Act (Commonwealth), applicable in states that have referred their jurisdiction on de facto couples to the Commonwealth's jurisdiction.The term common-law marriage has wide informal use, often to denote relations that are not legally recognized as common-law marriages.The term common-law marriage is often used colloquially or by the media to refer to cohabiting couples, regardless of any legal rights that these couples may or may not have, which can create public confusion both in regard to the term and in regard to the legal rights of unmarried partners.First of all, one can only talk of "common-law marriage" if such marriage was formed in a jurisdiction which actually applies the common law.A 2008 poll in the UK showed that 51% of respondents incorrectly believed that cohabitants had the same rights as married couples.