Texas is one of the minority of states that recognize common-law marriage. Common-law marriage is often misunderstood and there are many misconceptions about what is required to have one. In Texas, there is not a minimum period of time that a couple must live together to be considered “common-law” married. The requirements in Texas to be considered common-law married are that you must have lived together in the State of Texas with your partner, held yourselves out to others as husband and wife, and had a proven intent to be married. Divorce is not necessary for a common-law marriage if you have not been living together for over 2 years. However, if it has been less than two years, and there is property to be divided, a divorce should be filed to enable a court to properly divide the property.