Common law marriage

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My father passed away , His girlfriend is now trying to claim common law wife ,claiming she has all rights to his death benefits and property .We are awaiting probate court. She said she couldn't find his will.So much pain has been caused by her claim common law marriage needs to be erased. You are either married or you are not..the story of my father's death is beyond sad and sickening from placing a pass code in the hospital to his girlfriend being able to claim spousal preference with no proof on his death certificate it needs to be stopped .my father's wishes were not met fully and if she wins her claim in court, myself ,my brother also a veteran and his grandkids two currently serving in the United States Airforce along with my husband currently serving in the United States Army will be affected emotionally and financially...please help