My common-law husband and I have been nauseatingly in love for twelve years.
Thompson the novelist used his common-law wife and his Louisville friend Paul Semonin as characters.
Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.
Law developed in the course of time from the rulings of judges, as opposed to law embodied in statutes passed by legislatures (statutory law) or law embodied in a written constitution (constitutional law). (See stare decisis.)
Note: The importance of common law is particularly stressed in the legal system of Britain, on which the legal system of the United States is based.