Have you ever been in a really tight relationship, yet not sure if you’re ready to be tied down? Well, here in Texas, people could have a valid point when they say you might as well be married.

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I DO OR  YOU DON'T THAT IS THE REAL QUESTION!

A lot of times we get into relationships and can end up dating for years at a time, which makes people think, "Ae these two going to get married?".

Well here’s the thing, Texas - you don’t necessarily have to have a marriage license to be legally married in our state. In fact, a common law marriage may be proved by evidence that a couple agreed to be married at some point, and after the agreement they lived together as if they were husband and wife. I found this to be very interesting for your long-term relationships.

WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

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The famous quote from Beyoncé - if he likes it then he should'a put a ring on it - holds no weight in the great state of Texas. If you've been playing house and living as if you're married, Section 2.401 of the Texas Family Code says you might as well be.

Naturally, both people have to be 18 and consenting, and you can't already be married to someone else. There's not any sort of established length of time you have to be together, and once things are officially official, you still have to go through normal divorce proceedings if things don't work out.

NOW YOU KNOW

So guys and gals keep in mind that if you’re trying to string someone along for years and maybe not marry them, just live with them, the reality is you’re practically married by Texas law. Don’t worry about saying I don’t because the state of Texas says you do!

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