Common law marriage is not recognized in New Jersey. It is only recognized in 10 states: Alabama, Colorado, Kansas, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Iowa, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The only exception is if you entered into a common law marriage, and it was validated, within one of those 10 states. In most cases it will then be recognized in your state. However, if that is the case, I would still suggest doing the research within your state. You might want to start with the county courthouse in your current state/county of residence.