Providing Divorce Services for the LGBQT+ Community in Texas
In 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled men and women can marry persons of the same sex - an important victory for human rights. Additionally, Texas and other states must also grant same-sex divorces. Divorce is a stressful, confusing, and emotionally overwhelming process for anyone, which is why it is important to have an experienced lawyer on your side throughout the process.
If you identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (or sometimes questioning), pansexual, intersex, and asexual, and you are interested in filing for divorce, the Law Office of Laura E. Copp is dedicated to serving the LGBQT+ community in Texas. Our Amarillo LGBQT+ divorce attorney can listen to your needs, evaluate your legal options, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome inside or outside the courtroom.
Unique Challenges Involving LGBQT+ Divorce
The laws of a “traditional” marriage now apply to LGBQT+ marriages. Yet, there are certain circumstances that only apply to the latter.
First, many LGBQT+ couples who got married after the 2015 Supreme Court decision have been involved in a domestic partnership or a common-law marriage for a lengthy period of time. For example, if a couple – who has lived together for 20 years before legally marrying in 2015 – decides to divorce, the state laws could impact property division and other divorce issues, such as alimony.
Furthermore, child custody and visitation could be a complicated if none of the parents are the bio-logical parents. However, through adoption and other legal avenues, a non-biological parent can establish legal custody of a child.
Lastly, divorce is still conceptualized in a heterosexual framework where women are the primary caregivers, which may not address the unique structures of an LGBQT+ family. These assumptions may be factored into alimony and custody decisions.
Attorney Laura E. Copp understands these challenges and knows what it takes to protect our LGBTQ+ clients’ rights and best interests throughout the divorce process in Texas. Not only is she dedicated to helping all our clients with divorce issues, she is also a resource and supporter of LGBQT+ issues throughout the state.
Ready to Help LGBQT+ Couples & Families Today
Our firm is prepared to make your voice heard, address any complications throughout the legal process, and help you get a fresh start in life. Do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Laura E. Copp and learn how we can help you immediately.
For more information about our experienced and compassionate legal services, contact us today.
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