Modern life can lend itself to less formal marital arrangements and in the State of Texas, a common-law marriage has the same value as a formal marriage in the eyes of the law.
If you have separated with your partner and believe you have a common-law marriage,
then contact us for a consultation.
About Common-Law Divorce
What is a "Common-Law Marriage"?
What are some examples of holding ourselves out as married?
• Joint Tax Return (IRS)
• Insurance Policies
• Car Loans
• Utility Bills
• Club Memberships
- Purchase and use of a wedding band - not to be confused with an engagement ring which is only a promise to get married at a future date.
- Testimony from a third-party witness – perhaps a family member, friend, colleague, teacher or club member – who can testify as to his or her personal impression and belief that you and your partner are holding yourselves out to others as husband and wife.
What services do you provide?
How does a common-law divorce differ from a regular divorce?
Once a common-law marriage has been established, there is almost no difference between a common-law divorce and a regular divorce. As with a regular divorce in the State of Texas there is still a sixty (60) day mandatory cooling-off period that needs to be observed before the divorce can be finalized.
Should your partner contest the existence of a common-law marriage, then the ultimate question of whether or not there is a marriage can be answered by either a judge or a jury at trial.
Lauren Carrington Smyth