Texas does recognize common law marriage, but a judge must rule that both parties meet the requirements of a common law marriage before the judge recognizes and grants a common law marriage. It is a very lengthy process to have a judge determine whether a marriage existed and is often contested. If the judge determines there is no marriage, then there is no property to divide - and the "spouse" with all the property keeps all of it while the spouse with no property has nothing but a bad day.
The requirements of a Texas common law marriage include that (1) the two of you agree to be married; (2) both of you hold out to others that you are married; and (3) both of you live together in Texas as a married couple.
If you have not been formally married and you believe you meet these requirements, call the Law Office of Lucas Williams now to find what options you have in protecting your rights.