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What is considered common law marriage in Texas?

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It's called informal marriage in Texas.
http://law.onecle.com/texas/family/2.401.00.html

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thanks.
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Man and a woman for at least 7 yrs is what I believe. Not sure of length of time. Sorry. You could call a county courthouse in Texas and find out.

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ok thanks I will
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Yeah, I'm pretty sure that 7 years is correct - if they still HAVE common law marriage.

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thanks actually I looked it up you have to tell people your married (helps to file taxes together) it doesn't matter how long or even if you have kids. just telling someone once and agreeing that you are married. probably means to have that in writing.
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I don't know, my daughter lived with a guy down there for more than 7 years and had to get a divorce because of that. I think the time is one of the qualifications.
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Length of time doesn't matter. The parties must do 3 things simultaneously. 1) Live together in Texas, 2) have an agreement to be married, and 3) hold themselves out to the public as married. Item 1 is simple. But, that "agreement" in #2 can be written or ORAL-leaving open a "He said/She said" scenario. Same applies to #3. In my experience, he & his previous girlfriend did live together in TX. They had no children together, no joint checking acct & filed tax returns as single. But, she referred to herself as his wife & to him as her husband. He didn?t do the same but let her comments slide to avoid grief. 3 YEARS AFTER SHE MOVED OUT, she sued for divorce claiming common-law marriage, wanted a divorce & 1/2 of everything he had. 1st judge ruled they were married THE DAY THEY MOVED IN TOGETHER. That ruling was appealed. It took another yr & 3 months of depositions, turning over of personal records, and tons of money both to his lawyer & to her via settlement saying that they were NEVER married to finally end it. He even had an application she filled out 6 months prior to her filing for divorce where she claimed to be married TO SOMEONE ELSE. But, that still didn't stop the nonsense.

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thanks but my sugar is high and Im not sure what your saying in the end. I'll read it again tomorrow when my sugar goes down but Im thinking your saying its a pain in the butt.
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Yes, it is a pain in the butt. It shouldn't exist in any state. The reasons for its inception no longer exist. Therefore, it show no longer exist.
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I think living together for 2 years or more?

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