What is a common law marriage?

Posted by Helene Parker | Mar 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Texas, a common law marriage is present if 2 adult individuals, who are not related to each other, agree to be married, live together as spouses, and hold themselves out to others as spouses.  They have not procured a marriage license or participated in a ceremony.  The best presumption of a common law marriage is if these individuals register with the county clerk and receives a certificate from the county clerk.

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Helene Parker

Ms. Parker has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1997.  She is Board Certified in Family Law. Ms. Parker received her B.A. from California State University, Fullerton in History and Art.  Cal State Fullerton was not Ms. Parkers first university; she spent her freshman year at American Uni...


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