It stems from a same sex marriage divorce in which the NH Supreme Court ruled the cohabitation prior to marriage has to be considered for divorce proceeding it further ruled it would apply to all marriages.

It seems to be a ruling that living together prior to marriage is part of the marriage. Legally would this stem from common law laws. For example if a couple lives together for 10 years and one dies and those who knew the couple considered them a married couple but not legally married the survivor could be treated as a spouse for benefits?

I kind of always assumed if a couple lived together got married then divorced the entire time would be considered when it came to the divorce especially concerning assets like a house.

Does this have national implications? Thoughts? Good decision?