According to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This determination has significant consequences for divorce, adoption, child custody and other family law issues and gives same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as other married couples.
In practical terms, the decision means that a marriage contracted in one state is legal in all 50 states and that established state family law applies equally. A same-sex couple married in Massachusetts and now living in Texas has the same options as any other married couple when it comes to divorce and related matters. However, because this area of the law continues to evolve, it is important for same-sex married couples to work with a knowledgeable Texas family law attorney when seeking a divorce or hoping to resolve a child custody matter.
At Sisemore Law Firm, P.C. in Fort Worth, we understand the sometimes-complex issues that come into play in divorces, adoptions and custody battles involving same-sex couples. Although we are well-versed in the special considerations that may need to be addressed, we handle such cases the way we handle any divorce and family law matter. We explain the options, advise clients about the advantages and disadvantages of those options, and fight to secure the most positive outcome possible in line with a client’s goals.
Our law firm is well-positioned to handle such cases because we have considerable experience helping clients resolve issues that arise less frequently even among traditional married couples. For example, we develop creative visitation and child custody arrangements for parents whose work schedules require flexibility. Clients such as these include doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, first responders and law enforcement personnel, and any other employees with variable work schedules.
Our experience helping parents with non-traditional work schedules serves us well when working with same-sex couples in matters involving divorce, temporary spousal support and child custody. We are not bound by limited thinking that restricts solutions to the tried-and-true. Rather, we focus on the needs and circumstances of each client to arrive at the best possible outcome. We do not worry about whether a solution has been used before. Rather, if a possible resolution is in the client’s best interests and consistent with Texas law, we do not hesitate to propose that solution.
Our lawyers are available to answer questions from clients such as:
Answers to questions such as these are important to any person thinking about divorce, whether or not they are in a same-sex marriage. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide answers to these questions tailored to the special situations of our clients.
To learn more about our approach to divorce, child custody and other issues related to same- sex marriage in Texas, call (817) 336-4444 or email our Fort Worth law firm to find out how our experience with all types of families can help you. Whether you were married in Texas or in another state, we welcome your inquiry and offer an initial consultation.