The marriage certificate issued by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) for a divorced couple shows that the couple had been living together for over five years and the marriage was valid.
The couple had lived in Texas for over a decade.
“We can confirm the document was issued in Austin, Texas,” DPS spokesperson Marissa Nolasco said in a statement.
“In order to obtain a divorce in Texas, a court must issue a divorce decree, which is the official document that confirms the separation and the parties’ marital status.
This document provides the court with all of the documents necessary to grant a divorce.”
The couple had filed for divorce in June 2017, but had not finalized their divorce agreement.
The divorce decree is not required to be filed in court.
Texas divorce law says that if a person’s marriage is dissolved, the court must “reaffirm the marital relationship,” but only if the parties agree to the terms of the divorce.
The Texas law, however, is not a license to do anything.
Nolascosco said that DPS will investigate the couple’s divorce, and if necessary, revoke their marriage certificate.
Read more about Texas divorce law at theguardian.com/state/texas-divorce-law-declares-a-courts-procedure-does-not-cover-divorces-of-single-parents