Tennessee does not provide for common law marriages if the marriage took place in the state. However, Tennessee will recognize a common law marriage from another state if it was valid in the home state.
A common law marriage is one that for some reason does not satisfy the home state’s licensure or solemnization requirements. Generally, there must be a voluntary agreement between the parties to be married and they must take some action in furtherance of the agreement such as holding themselves out to be married. In addition, the couple must be eligible to be married.