A formal marriage is quite clear. That couple got a marriage license and formed a relationship in a marriage ceremony of some kind. If a separation occurs, the couple split assents equally.
In a common -law situation, the people only have the right to anything that happens to be in their name. They are not entitled to any property division.
Married couples automatically are entitled to spousal support. In Ontario, Canada, a common law couple must be together at least three years before this is granted.
There is no difference between the state of marriage or the state of common law where children are concerned. Parents are required to pay support for their children.
Some of us live in a common law relationship with Jesus. We made a commitment of faith and considered that enough was enough. We didn’t care to learn and grow. We didn’t bother with church or small groups or Bible studies. We lived on our laurels of a one- time commitment.
But Jesus too, made a commitment. We are his children and he keeps his promises. We may get to heaven but we will be sitting in the back seat of the choir, behind the faithful worshippers who lived their life for the Lord.
“Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven”(Matthew 7:21)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.(Romans 10:9)