LGBT Family Law
Everyone deserves to have effective legal representation when dealing with family law matters, but this is especially true for members of the LGBT community, who often have unique issues that need to be addressed.
I have been assisting family law clients for more than 15 years and can provide members of the Fort Worth LGBT community comprehensive representation in family law cases involving divorce, child custody, adoption, prenuptial agreements and more.
LGBT Family Law Issues May Need Attention
As soon as same-sex marriage became legal in Texas and the rest of the country, it required that same-sex divorce also be recognized. Same-sex divorce essentially follows the same process as heterosexual divorce, but there are certain issues unique to LGBT couples that need to be addressed, including:
- Property division issues arising when a couple was committed for years, but not legally married
- Determining the length of the marriage for purposes of property distribution and alimony after a couple was married in another state before same-sex marriage was legal in Texas
- Child custody and parental rights issues caused when one parent has not legally adopted a child
- Whether a common law marriage exists between two people who never legally married but meet the requirements for common law marriage under Texas law
At my Fort Worth, Texas, family law firm, The Law Office of Zoe Meigs, P.C., I assist LGBT clients with all of these complex legal issues and more.
Assisting LGBT Clients With Adoption In Texas
In many cases, LGBT adoption isn’t just about the exciting opportunity of becoming a family; it’s also a legal protection that is necessary to make sure that the parental rights of both parents are recognized.
For example, if a same-sex couple is raising a child together and the child is biological or legally (through adoption) related to only one of the parents, then only that parent has parental rights to the child. If the relationship ends, the nonrelative parent may face a very difficult time getting parenting time with the child. Working with a lawyer to make sure both parties are legal parents can help avoid this problem.
I look forward to assisting LGBT clients with adoptions in Texas, and I am available to answer any questions you may have about your rights, options and the adoption process under the current state laws.
Why Prenups Are So Important For Same-Sex Couples
Most people would benefit from entering a prenuptial agreement before getting married because of the protection it offers and the predictability it allows. This is even more true for members of the LGBT community.
Same-sex couples were only recently afforded the right to marry under Texas law, which has resulted in people getting married later in life, after acquiring their own assets and debts. Prenuptial agreements drafted by an experienced lawyer can help keep certain property and debts separate, or not subject to division, if a divorce should occur.
Contact Me Today For Compassionate Legal Assistance
No matter what type of family law issue you are facing, I am a family law attorney who can help. Call The Law Office of Zoe Meigs, P.C., at 817-381-9905 or contact me online. Credit cards are accepted.