Alabama Workers' Comp Blawg

  • 04
  • Aug
  • 2016

Alabama Worker’s Compensation Death Benefits in the Wake of the Common Law Marriage Ban

Common law marriage will be abolished in the state of Alabama effective January 1, 2017. Act 2016-306, provides that the only common law marriages that Alabama law will continue to recognize are those entered into prior to January 1, 2017. This will have an obvious effect on the eligibility of surviving spouse death benefits in worker’s compensation cases.

About the Author

This blog submission was prepared by Karen Cleveland, an attorney with Fish Nelson & Holden, LLC, a law firm dedicated to representing self-insured employers, insurance carriers, and third party administrators in all matters related to workers’ compensation. Fish Nelson & Holden is a member of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network. If you have any questions about this submission or Alabama workers’ compensation in general, please contact Cleveland by e-mailing her at or by calling her directly at 205-332-1599.

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