Informal Marriage vs Company Policy. My wife and I have a informal marriage certificate from the county clerks office.

Asked 7 months ago - Houston, TX

My wife and I have a informal marriage certificate from the county clerks office. The insurance company does not have a problem with it but the company I work for states it is in their corporate charter that they do not honor common law marriages. I live in Texas. I explained that we are married and have the same rights as a formally married couple. Is this correct? Can they discriminate against us because of how we got married?

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  1. Fran Brochstein

    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No. Your marriage is as valid as any other. I got married this way in August & it's not ever been a problem.

    Their attorney needs to read the Texas Family Code regarding your marriage.

    If you guys split it, you will have to file for a divorce -- like any other married couple. You cannot terminate your marriage without a divorce because the State of Texas considers you married.

    I hope this helps.

    Fran Brochstein has been a licensed Texas attorney over 22 years. She is a Advanced Credentialed Mediator by the... more
  2. Mario L. Vasquez


    Contributor Level 14


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . I agree with Ms. Brochstein's response. However, I believe that this is the second post by you on this issue. If you have explained these facts to the employer and they refuse to provide whatever you seek (insurance???), you need to consult with an attorney to consider your options.

    My response herein is an attempt to give you general information and direction and is not intended to constitute... more
  3. Erick Masten Platten


    Contributor Level 18


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . It's as valid as any other marriage.


    Erick Platten

    Platten Law Office

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