Texas Common Law Divorce
Individuals who have obtained a marriage through common law must still go through the divorce process in order to end their marriage. Unfortunately, just because your marriage is an "informal marriage" does not mean that you and your spouse can split without getting a legal divorce. O'Neil & Attorneys can answer any questions you may have about common law marriage, divorce, and family law, and help you take the necessary steps to dissolve your marriage and continue with your separate lives.
Understanding Common Law Marriage in Texas
Contrary to popular belief, living together for a certain number of years is not the only requirement for common law marriage. There are three criteria that you and your spouse must meet in order to be considered a married couple through common law. First, you must both agree that you are married. Second, you must live together as husband as wife. Third, you have to hold yourself out to the public as husband and wife. This includes introducing yourself as husband and wife and filing joint tax returns. If you meet these criteria, you are considered by law to be legally married and must therefore pursue a legal divorce in order to end your marriage relationship.
To learn more, read the booklet What You Need to Know About Common Law Marriage in Texas, which was co-authored by our founding attorney,
Michelle May O'Neil.
We're Experienced with Common Law Divorce Cases
Make sure that you take the correct steps to dissolve your common law marriage by hiring a Dallas divorce lawyer from O'Neil & Attorneys. Attorney O'Neil has more than 20 years of experience and founded the firm with a desire to provide high-quality representation and personalized attention. Our firm works as a team on every case, so you will not have a sole attorney handling your case. We utilize a team of professionals as necessary, such as certified public accountants and investigators, to maximize the outcome of your case.
Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your situation and to learn whether or not you need to pursue a divorce to end your relationship. Call O'Neil & Attorneys at (972) 852-8000!