Common Law Divorce

Texas Common Law Divorce

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Individuals who have entered into 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 up without going through the proper legal channels. A Dallas divorce lawyer at O’Neil Wysocki P.C. 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:

  1. You must both agree that you are married.
  2. You must live together as husband as wife.
  3. You have to present yourself 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 to be legally married and must therefore pursue a legal divorce in order to end your relationship.

To learn more, read the booklet What You Need to Know About Common Law Marriage in Texas , which was co-authored by 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 seasoned Dallas divorce lawyer from O’Neil Wysocki P.C. Our team has more than 90 combined years of legal experience and is dedicated to providing high-quality representation and personalized attention to each and every one of our clients.

Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss your marriage status and to learn whether or not you need to pursue a divorce to end your relationship.

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