What is Common Law Marriage?


What is Common Law Marriage?What is a common law marriage?
A valid common law marriage is where a man and woman become husband and wife without getting a marriage license and having a marriage ceremony. Once proved, a common law marriage has the same legal effect as a ceremonial marriage.

If I have been living with someone, how do I know whether we have a common law marriage?
To have a common law marriage in Texas, the couple must:

  • Agree to be married;
  • Live together in Texas as husband and wife; and
  • Tell other people that they are married

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