Robert D. Clements JR. & Associates Law Blog

Am I Common Law Married?

April 23, 2018

Texas has a unique history which has influenced modern family law. An informal or common law marriage is a form of marriage, where you are not required to obtain a license. Historically, Texas followed the laws of Mexico. Mexico’s laws evolved from civil law, and had what we call today community property. Community property means both spouses have roughly equal ownership. After Texas’s independence, we started recognizing the common law of England but also continued to honor community property laws.


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