July 21, 2014
The library regularly receives inquiries about common law marriage, also known as marriage without formalities or informal marriage. Within this guide, the three required elements to establish a common law marriage are highlighted as well as a link to the law that sets forth this requirement: Texas Family Code § 2.041. A “plain English” section links to resources that provide additional information on common law marriages in Texas. Researchers will also find titles available in the library’s collection that discuss common law marriage.