Texas recognizes an informal marriage, or what is often called a common law marriage, in very limited circumstances. Simply living together, sharing a residence, or even having children together is not enough to create to a common law marriage, regardless of how long you have been a couple.
Several specific factors must be met in order to create an informal marriage under the Texas Family Code:
1. A man and a woman, neither of whom are married to anyone else and who are over the age of eighteen,