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.
Since the 2015 Obergefell decision in the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples in Texas have all the same rights pertaining to marriage and divorce that apply to heterosexual couples. At Laura Dale & Associates, we know that this can cause confusion as it relates to the beginning of a common law marriage as well as the possible end. In this article, we endeavor to answer the questions you may have to clear up any confusion.
If you and your same-sex spouse decide to seek a Texas divorce, you may well find that obtaining a mediated divorce serves your interests better than obtaining a traditional litigated divorce. This is because while Texas recognizes same-sex marriages, our divorce laws generally were passed with heterosexual couples in mind, not same-sex couples. Consequently, you may find mediation the perfect workaround to your having to precisely fit within all the various aspects of Texas divorce law.
When same-sex couples decide to get a divorce in Texas, they may wonder how they will explain the situation to their children. There are a few things parents can do to help their kids as they communicate this kind of news.
Same-sex couples across Texas and the U.S. rejoiced in 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled the ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional. While the ruling made matrimony easier, it complicated divorce proceedings.