What is the name of your state? Maryland My father dissappeared in 1963 and never contacted our family again until 1994, and never contacted my mother again. She died still carrying his last name. It is known that he lived in California many years, was married again, and had one other child. No legal papers ever passed between them.Was he ever legally married in California? Were my parents ever legally divorced in some "common law" sense, such as the law in some states that those who cohabit for 7 years or more are legally considered married?