What is a common-law marriage?

Few states legally acknowledge common-law marriages, with Texas being one of those states. In basic terms, a common law marriage is when two parties appear to be married, even though there was no actual ceremony that took place, and no actual marriage certificate to prove its validity. In order to prove that a common-law marriage existed between two parties, there are at least three requirements that need to be satisfied. First of all, the couple must have actually contracted or agreed to marry each other in the future. This agreement could be evidenced by words or conduct. Secondly, the couple must have held themselves out as “husband” and “wife”. Some examples of this would be if their co-workers, colleagues, or friends referred to them as “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”, or possessing joint accounts together, or even filing a join tax return. Thirdly, the couple must have cohabited together, which can easily be proven by showing utility bills, or cable bills, rent or mortgage payments, etc.

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