If you're divorcing as a same-sex couple in Texas, you may be worried about how the law may apply to your situation, especially when it comes to child custody. The fact is that since the law has changed so much in recent years, many divorcing same-sex couples face unchartered territory, especially when their divorce is particularly complex.
When people think about domestic violence, they generally have the stereotypical image of a large, aggressive man bullying, threatening and outright abusing a much-smaller woman. But this stereotype doesn't really hold true when they're examined carefully -- and it doesn't begin to apply to same-sex relationships.
Child support and custody issues can be difficult for any couple to navigate. However, there may be some unique problems that same-sex couples have to face when they split up. If the couple used a surrogate to bring their child into their lives, then the court may have to make even more complicated decisions related to child custody and support.
While it's no longer a constant, many women still change their surnames when they marry. If you do so and you later divorce, are you stuck with that name?
The battle for equal rights for same-sex couples didn't end when the Supreme Court quashed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2015. New sorts of battles -- many of them related to the way that same-sex couples were treated in the past -- were just beginning.
In a genuine moment of clarity, you realized that you and your spouse are entirely ill-suited to each other, and no amount of marriage counseling would change the situation. You decided to seek a divorce.
With same-sex marriage now being legal across the country, it is easy for people, no matter their sexual orientation, to assume that marital problems and divorce rates are similar among heterosexual people and the LGBTQ community. You and other Texas residents may be interested in learning how same-sex marriage and divorce rates compare, as well as the unique challenges same-sex people can experience in their marriages.
Every couple who gets married in Texas intends to make a commitment that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, circumstances often arise that make the relationship untenable. Same-sex couples are no more immune to these forces than heterosexual couples, and divorce is no easier to contemplate for same-sex couples than their traditionally married heterosexual counterparts. As a matter of fact, at Laura Dale & Associates we have observed that divorce can actually be more difficult for same-sex couples because of unique legal circumstances that apply.
Domestic violence can happen to anyone, regardless of social or financial status, race, gender and sexual orientation. You and other Texas residents should know that those in same-sex marriages are also vulnerable to intimate partner violence. In fact, some studies have shown that those in the LGBTQ community may be more prone to experiencing domestic violence and less likely to seek or get help than heterosexuals.
In Texas, there are many couples considering getting a divorce for an abundance of reasons. There are two primary categories divorces fall under: contested and uncontested. Today, we will take a look at both, the differences between them, and what type a couple may be qualified for.