When many Texas residents consider domestic violence, they may think about heterosexual couples. However, domestic violence also affects same-sex couples.
When you and your partner realize it is time to end your marriage, one of the things you need to consider is how you will continue to parent your children in Texas. If you and your partner both want to be involved in your children's lives, it is important to put together a parenting plan to keep things stable for the kids.
It takes bravery to admit that a marriage is over, especially if it was a hard fight to win the right to become married in Texas in the first place. The fact is that getting a divorce does not nullify any previous effort. It is simply the beginning of a new phase. Divorce, while it is largely seen for its function to terminate a marriage, also often builds many new, formal relationships between the previously married individuals.
As you and your spouse begin your Texas divorce, your property settlement agreement likely will become one of your main concerns. Texas requires that the way in which you and your spouse divide your marital assets between you must be a fair and equitable one. But what exactly constitutes “fair and equitable?”
“A child needs both a mother and a father to have the best chance in life.” As a parent in a same-sex marriage, you may have heard this phrase often. Understandably, it can be enough to make you see red. You and your spouse love your children as much as any Texas parent, regardless of your sexual orientation. Despite the hurtful words, or perhaps because of them, you may be interested in finding out how children do when both parents are the same gender.
Divorce can be more complicated for same-sex couples in Texas if they have children. People usually need to consider factors such as child support and child custody.
At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway in Texas, we know that if you and your same-sex spouse are contemplating divorce, you still face discrimination in America. Some forms of it, sadly, are deliberate while other forms are inadvertent. One prime example of the latter is the nation’s divorce laws which, depending on the jurisdiction, do not take into consideration the special problems that divorcing same-sex couples like you and your spouse can face. This is where mediation can be particularly useful to you.
At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway in Texas, we know that if you and your spouse are a high-asset couple, you may need extra legal protection to preserve your financial rights during your divorce. This is especially true if you suspect that your spouse is hiding marital assets from you.
Most married Texas couples were married in a wedding ceremony and have a marriage license. Other Texas couples, however, had no wedding, have no marriage license, but still are legally married. These couples are in what is known as a common law marriage. Texas calls these marriages a “marriage without formalities” or an “informal marriage.”
If you are a married Texan contemplating divorce, you probably are very sad. All the hopes and dreams you had on your wedding day have come crashing down and you now are faced with the realization that you and your spouse are about to become just one more statistic to add to America’s 50 percent divorce rate. But is that rate really valid?