Texas recognizes common law marriage.
Two people may obtain an informal marriage certificate from the clerk of the county in which they reside. This certificate shows they are married and is recognized everywhere to show you are married.
In Texas, an informal (“common law”) marriage may be recognized by a Court upon accepted proof that the two people made an agreement to be married, they then lived together in Texas as a married couple, and in Texas represented to others that they were married.
And, there, is the crux of the matter: How to prove the common law marriage – if one person is dead, or if one person denies it. Or if both people deny it.
Think about your own situation and your hopes and goals.
You may wish to be pro-active in protecting your emotional and financial assets.
You may wish to make a co-habitation agreement to agree that you are NOT married.
Or you may wish to have an informal marriage.
I have provided legal advice and representation for people who wish to confirm their co-habitation with no marriage, and for people who wish to prove their marital relationship. I prepare these agreements, as well as estate planning, and I probate wills and administer estates of people who died without a will (“intestate”).
Amy Oliver 713-248-0179