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Does filing your taxes together in TX make you married or common law married?

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A friend is considering filing w his baby mama and their kids, would that in any way make them be considered married or common law married in the state of TX?

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Texas is one of the few states that recognize common law marriages.

Here is a link to Travis County's website relating to common law marriages which may be of help:

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Filing together would definitely be some evidence of a common law marriage. Especially if the return is going to be a married filing jointly. While the filing just by itself is no 100% proof of a common law marriage, living together, and presenting oneself as husband and wife to others would most likely make this a common law marriage.

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