Common Law Marriage

In 2015, the US Supreme Court declared same-sex marriages as legal in every US State. So, yes, you can get married with someone of the same sex. You can start a family and you are also entitled to divorce should it not work out. How to get married in Texas? First, you have to secure a marriage license from the county clerk’s office. You will be asked to complete a sworn application showing that you and your partner have the legal capacity to marry. If one or both of you are under 18 years of age, parental consent or court order is required. Each of the contracting party must not have any legal impediment that will disqualify him or her to get married such as the existence of a subsisting marriage, if the parties who wish to marry are relatives within the fourth degree (first cousins or closer), and other disqualifications enumerated by law. Ask a lawyer to find out if you have any of these disqualifications so as not to waste time and effort. Usually, you have to wait for 3 days to get the said license which is valid within 31 days from the date of issue. If you do not get married within this period of time, you will have to apply for a marriage license again. You cannot get married if the marriage license has already expired. Marriages need to be solemnized and a member of the judiciary or any authorized religious minister can officiate weddings. You will have to present the marriage license issued to you by the county clerk before a wedding can take place. If you decide to get married outside of Texas, the state of Texas will still recognize your marriage. Can same-sex couples enter into a Common-Law Marriage? Definitely! Texas is […]

Same-sex Marriage in Texas