Common Law Marriage
Once proved or declared, an informal or “Common Law” marriage has the same validity as a ceremonial marriage, and can only be dissolved only by death, annulment, or divorce.
A Common Law or informal marriage between a man and woman may be proved by evidence that:
A declaration of informal marriage was signed and filed with a County Clerk; or
A man and woman agreed to be married, and after reaching that agreement they lived together in Texas as husband and wife and represented to others that they were married.