Jul 7, 2011, 2:40 PM
Post #2 of 7
"It is well recognized that there is no common law in the Republic of Mexico. A review of Mexican law verifies that it is a Code state, and all of the laws are found in one or more of the various codes that apply to marriages. The particular rights and status of the people, whether they are married or not, are determined by the provisions of the applicable code. The relationship called concubinage is expressly provided for in one of the codes of the Republic of Mexico, as well as in the codes of individual states, and permits the female or concubine to inherit a portion of her partner's estate provided she can qualify under its terms, some of which are that the couple must have lived together and maintained their home for at least five years, and that such relationship must have been in existence at the time of the death of the male partner, or husband."
In México it is commonly called "Unión Libre", but legally it is "concubinato". Although the rights of inheritance as above require a five year period, there are other rights (of the concubina - common-law wife) that begin after 2 years of living together and/or if the concubinato is registered with the registo civil, the concubina even has rights to coverage by the "husband's" Social Security. Here is a little more from: http://www.mexicolegal.com.mx/...d=110211&forod=0
CONCUBINATO.- Unión de un hombre y una mujer, no ligados por vínculo matrimonial A NINGUNA OTRA PERSONA, realizada voluntariamente, sin formalización legal para cumplir con los fines atribuidos al matrimonio en la sociedad.
La concubina y el concubinario tienen derechos y obligaciones recíprocos, siempre que sin impedimentos legales para contraer matrimonio, han vivido en común en forma constante y permanente por un período mínimo de dos años que precedan inmediatamente a la generación de derechos y obligaciones.
CONCUBINAGE-Union of a man and a woman, not linked by marriage to any other person, made voluntarily, without legal formalization to fulfill the purposes attributed to the marriage in society. The concubine and the concubinario are reciprocal, rights and obligations provided without legal impediments to marriage, lived in common on a constant and permanent manner for a minimum period of two years which immediately precede the generation of rights and obligations.
(This post was edited by mazbook1 on Jul 7, 2011, 2:50 PM)