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Tessmer Tips / 27.04.2015

Entering into a Common Law Marriage   If you would like to enter a common law marriage you must be:   over 18; marrying someone of the opposite sex; not related to your future spouse; not currently married.   Nobody under the age of 18 may enter into a common law marriage, even with parental approval. In addition to being over 18, you must be a mixed gender couple. A Texas judge recently ruled the ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional during a lawsuit involving a same-sex common law marriage. However, the status of same-sex marriage remains in legal limbo. Finally, both parties must...

Tessmer Tips / 26.04.2015

What is Common Law Marriage? In Texas, common law marriage, or informal marriage, is where a man and woman become husband and wife without getting a marriage license or  having a religious ceremony.  This form of marriage confers all the same rights we recognize in a formal or traditional marriage. Prior to its independence, Texas laws were based on Spanish and European civil laws. In 1840, The Republic of Texas adopted the English system of laws known as “common law.” This mixing of legal systems is why Texas is one of the few states to recognize both traditional and common law marriage as legally equivalent. Most...

Tessmer Tips / 14.04.2015

Tip 5-Driving & Cell Phones: We've been talking about Texas laws, but don't forget city laws. Did you know more than 69% of drivers surveyed reported they talked on a cell phone and 31% reported reading or sending a text while driving in the previous 30 days? San Antonio drivers, that better not be you! Make sure you know the law and the risks of driving in your city. San Antonio has enacted a hands-free ordinance, meaning drivers only may talk on the phone via speaker or bluetooth, and all texting while driving is prohibited. Stay safe, Texas! Distracted Driving City Council Adopts Ban...

Tessmer Tips / 13.04.2015

Tessmer Tip 4 – Driving and Cell Phones:   As we have shared, cell phone usage and driving is being taken seriously by the law, especially for our younger drivers.   Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use hands-free or hand-held cell phones, or any other wireless communications device. This is another primary law that prohibits novice drivers from talking on their cell phone as well as composing, sending or receiving text messages while driving....

Tessmer Tips / 10.04.2015

Tessmer Tip 3 – Driving and Cell Phones:   School is never out for all vehicle drivers – car and bus, to learn that cell phone usage is prohibited. All drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones to make calls or send or receive text messages while driving in school zones....

Tessmer Tips / 09.04.2015

Speaking about bus drivers and using cell phones while driving is not limited to talking. Apart from the ban on cell phone use for making calls, bus drivers are also banned from text messaging while driving, which is considered a primary law, as well. This also means that an officer may sanction a bus driver for texting, even if you haven’t had any other traffic violation....