Divorce can be tricky for any couple, but there are some particularly difficult legal matters that same-sex couples often have to work through. As with opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples may struggle with spousal support, the interpretation of a prenuptial agreement, and other divorce-related legal matters. However, some are particularly prevalent among same-sex couples and can be highly emotional. For example, disputes and uncertainty related to the custody of children can be very worrisome for same-sex couples who have adopted a child or have a child that was conceived via a sperm donation. For same-sex couples thinking about divorce in Houston, reviewing the laws in Texas is paramount.
When making decisions on child custody, courts aim to work towards an outcome that serves a child’s best interests. In some instances, both parties may be considered a child’s legal parent and custody may be split between the two. However, only one person may be considered the legal parent of a child in some same-sex couples, which can be problematic for the other person. If you are in this position, you may be worried that you will not be able to spend time with a child that you have cared for and love, which would probably be incredibly difficult. As a result, you should be extremely careful and thoroughly go over any options and the ins and outs of the case.
Child custody can be challenging, but many families have been able to secure a favorable outcome for children and both parents. Our same-sex divorce page has more info related to custody disputes.