My ex-wife put a morality clause in our divorce agreement specifying that I am not allowed to have a girlfriend around our children.
My girlfriend and I are serious but not ready for marriage.
So if I file a “declaration of informal marriage” at the court clerk’s office, will this overrule the morality clause?
A “morality clause” is usually included in a divorce decree to prevent the child(ren) from being exposed to their parents’ intimate dating lives and also because Texas courts favor good moral behavior around children.
A morality clause is enforceable as it relates to custody or visitation, but may be circumvented upon re-marriage.
Thus, if you and your significant other wish to be common law married, there are three requirements: (1) you must live together; (2) you must agree to be married; and (3) you must hold yourselves out (to the public) as being married.
I recommend seeking further legal advice as the information provided is only general in nature. Cordell & Cordell has attorneys licensed and located nationwide who can provide a more in-depth analysis of your current situation.