JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: My mother passed away in 1996 in Houston, Texas. At the time of her death, my father had an on-going relationship for many years with a woman and they had two children prior to my mother's death. About a year or so after my mother's death, I asked my dad whether or not he had married the woman who's children he had fathered. He replied that they did get married but would not give me the date of their marriage
. If, in fact, they did not get what I call "officially married" or are, in fact, in a common law marriage
situation, how can I find out one way or the other?
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: I can't find out. If they are legally married in the true sense of the word, I need to provide the specific date (day/month/year) of the marriage to the Harris County Clerk's office to get the filing/reported information and he won't give me that information.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No. Thanks.