How much circumstantial and DNA evidence is sufficient to bridge a gap in the paper trail?

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I have not been able to find a marriage record for my 3rd great aunt Taylor-49078. However I believe I have identified the person that she lived with and had children with, but may or may not have actually married. I think I have added enough evidence in the research notes sections in both profiles to justify adding her husband/partner, but I wanted to check whether it is actually sufficient or whether I need to add more (and what type of extra evidence would be necessary)?
WikiTree profile: Edward Walder
in Policy and Style by Paul Masini G2G6 Pilot (181k points)

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I think you’ve made the case well - the research note is really clear and I think the connection is as well proven as most with a paper trail for the marriage! The DNA connections link Caroline to her family but I don’t think they provide evidence of the link to her common law husband. The paper trail for that looks strong though.
by Suzanne Doig G2G6 Mach 2 (29.5k points)
selected by Pip Sheppard
Thanks Suzanne.
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I think you have made the case for the connection to be made. One of my major breakthroughs was no less circumstantial, but DNA support gives it weight.
by Chris Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
Thanks Chris.

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