I have lately received numerous questions from people wanting to know if they are common-law married. Common-law marriages, also known as informal marriages, are recognized in Texas. In order to be married by common-law in Texas, you must either have signed a declaration of an informal marriage or meet three elements. First, both individuals must agree to be married. Second, both individuals must live together in Texas as husband and wife. Third, both individuals must represent to others that they are husband and wife. Texas Family Code Section 2.401(a)(2).