Kristen, the date for abolishing Common law Marriages in PA is 1/2/2005 not 2008 as I had originally typed. It usually allows an edit but of course this time it did not. That date is important and needed to be clarified. Sorry, BIG HUGS, JANE
Kristen, I am so sorry his family is treating you in such a way but sometimes GREED supersedes grief and they will run you until they collect every dust ball in his closet. I think I read you are from PA, after checking your legal rights for Common Law marriages as of Jan. 2, 2008 PA no longer recognized common law marriages. Unless you have tangible items in both your names his family seems to be legally entitled to these items.
I know it hurst you so much, you lost your spouse but they also loosed their son, and at this point in time no one is thinking clearly. Some on here had to deal with the same issue you are now dealing with and some even had the police present while the family took every last item from their home. I wish I had an answer as to why death brings out the evil in people but I don't. All I can offer is my prayers for your strength and a cyber hug. HUGS Jane