Category Archives: Common Law Marriage

When Does a Same-Sex Marriage in Texas Begin?

This article was written by Hance Law Group associate attorney Jonathan James.   With the possibility of same-sex marriage now a reality in Texas (and all other states), there’s an interesting debate that might come up as the possibility of same-sex divorce in Texas becomes more and more real for some couples.   The question […]

Same-Sex Divorces

When the Supreme ollourt made its landmark decision last year to legalize same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), I was particularly curious, as a family lawyer, to see what issues might arise in same-sex divorce cases and how they’d differ from divorces involving heterosexual couples. Although I’ve helped same sex couples resolve their financial and child-related […]

How to Protect Yourself From a Common Law Divorce Case

In my last article, I talked about the statute regulating common law marriage in Texas, and the three things that define whether a couple could be considered to be legally married under those provisions.   For people who decide to live together before getting married, there are some steps I advise that people take to […]

Common Law Marriages: What They Are (and Aren’t)

The good news about common law marriage in Texas is that there’s a specific statute that defines what constitutes a common law marriage. And yet, there’s a weakness in the statute that makes some people – who do not consider themselves to be legally married – vulnerable to common-law divorce suits.   To be considered […]