Texas Common Law Marriage

Obtaining a marriage license and having an official marriage ceremony is not the only way to get married in the state of Texas. According to state laws, when a man and woman agree to be married then follow that agreement by living together and representing themselves to others as a married couple, they have formed a common law marriage. A common law marriage can also be formalized by a couple filing a Declaration of Marriage. Even when a couple has children together, they will not be in a common law marriage until they have:

  • Agreed to be married,
  • Lived together as husband and wife, and
  • Represented themselves to others as a married couple.

Once a couple has formed a common law marriage, dissolving it will not be as simple as walking away. A common law marriage needs to be dissolved in the same way any other type of marriage is dissolved, through divorce. If you are in a common law marriage and wondering how to go about dissolving your marriage, we advise you obtain legal counsel from an experienced divorce lawyer at our firm.

At Friday Milner Lambert Turner, PLLC, we take pride in providing our clients with the compassionate representation they deserve. We understand how difficult divorce can be, and we realize the confusions that can arise in legal issues relating to common law marriages. It is for that reason we are committed to doing everything we can to help you achieve the most ideal results for your given situation.

The majority of the lawyers at our firm have been board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Our law firm has also received tier one ranking on the U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list. When you need legal representation in a divorce or any other family law-related case, our lawyers are who you want on your side. We have the knowledge and expertise to handle all types of cases, including those involving common law marriages. As our client, you will be able to benefit from our lawyers' vast experience. We also take a team approach to your case so you have a much improved opportunity to achieve the successful resolution you seek. Call an Austin divorce lawyer at our firm today.


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