Texas bigamy laws prevent the act of marrying someone while already married to someone else. As of 2014, bigamy is not only illegal in Texas, but it is also against the law in every state of the United States and is punishable by a penalty of up to 5 years in prison.Know More
Although the Mormon religion originally permitted polygamy, which is the practice of having more than one wife, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1878 that having more than one wife was a violation of criminal law and that practicing polygamy was not an exercise in religious liberty. Notably, polygamy is legal in some countries, including Somalia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa.
Under the Texas Penal Code Section 25.01, a person is guilty of bigamy when he is legally married and purports to marry or marries someone other than his spouse, lives with a person other than his spouse under the appearance of being married or knows that a married person other than his spouse is married and purports to marry that person. The offense is a third-degree felony under most conditions, but can be enhanced to first degree felony status if the person with whom the person commits bigamy with is under the age of 16.Learn more in Law
Although legal reforms have abolished many of Texas's "blue laws" (religion-motivated laws governing sales on the Sabbath), it is still illegal to sell liquor on a Sunday in Texas (along with 11 other states, including Alabama, Minnesota and Oklahoma) as well as to open a car dealership on more than one day over a weekend. Until 1985, it was also illegal to sell furniture, clothing, hardware and appliances, among many other items, on more than one day over a weekend.Full Answer >
Residents of Texas cannot own exotic, dangerous wild animals without first registering with the Texas Department of Health, according to Born Free USA. Applicants must submit the location where the animals are kept, proof of liability insurance, a photograph of each enclosure and copies of a USDA animal dealer's license if the person has one.Full Answer >
In Texas, emancipation laws allow minors to become emancipated if they are entering into marriage, if they are joining the military, or if a minor requests emancipation and a court grants the request. The legal age of majority in Texas is 18.Full Answer >
There are no laws for legal separation in Texas as of 2014. For a married couple who has not yet decided to file for divorce, informal separations are often arranged.Full Answer >