Cleburne, TX asked in Family Law for Texas

Q: My boyfriend lived with me for over 10 years. Were we considered common law married?

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Don Richardson
Don Richardson
  • Lufkin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It depends. Informal or "common law" marriage in Texas requires three things, assuming that there is no legal impediment to the couple being married: (1)the couple cohabited in Texas, (2) the couple agreed to be married, and (3) the couple represented themselves to others as being married. There is no minimum period for cohabitation. The representing or "holding forth" to others can involve introducing each other as spouses, one party using the last name of the other, signing legal documents as husband and wife, etc.

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