Texas recognizes informal or "common law" marriages. If you were to use a search engine, you would find Chapter 2 of the Texas Family Code. Subchapter E deals with "marriage without formalities" or a common law marriage. it the legal requirements are met, a common law marriage in Texas is just a valid as a formal marriage with a marriage license and a minister or judge performing the ceremony. A common law marriage creates the same duties, rights, and liabilities as a formal marriage.