Common law marriage, also known as marriage without formalities or informal marriage, is a valid and legal way for a couple to marry in Texas.
Section 2.401 of the Texas Family Code states that a common law marriage may be proved by evidence that the couple:
Below you will find references to areas of the Texas Family Code that govern common law marriage and issues related to marriage. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to look at the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.
Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."
These e-books contain information on issues related to common law marriage. These e-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.