Parents in Texas who are in same-sex relationships may want to make sure they have legal documentation that states they are both the parents of their children. On Nov. 29 in Mississippi, the state Supreme Court heard arguments from a woman who hopes to get parental rights to the child her ex-spouse gave birth to. The child is now six. His biological mother said the woman had the opportunity to get parental rights during the divorce.
For many same-sex couples in Texas after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriages for same-sex couples, getting married became easy. For some same-sex couples who are now going through a divorce, splitting up may actually be more difficult as things are simply not as clear cut.
Texas couples considering divorce may be interested to learn that a Tennessee judge granted a divorce to a same-sex couple. The case had become a political issue after the judge had initially denied parental rights to one of the women as he argued that she did not meet the state's legal definition of "husband".
What a parent is has come into question in a Kentucky case that involves an estranged same-sex couple disputing over the adoption of a 9-year-old girl. However, couples in Texas may not realize that these types of cases are popping up all over the country.
With the recent legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide, it is widely anticipated that many such Texas couples will choose to get married. Like heterosexual marriages, some of the same-sex marriages are bound to end in divorce. In fact, the Williams Institute has found that legally recognized same-sex domestic partnerships are dissolved at rates similar to those for heterosexual divorce.
If you were asked about the first thought that came to mind when hearing the word “family,” what would you say? If you’re like many Americans then you probably answered: love, kids, mom and dad, and possibly even marriage. But with the family dynamic ever changing and society moving away from the a-typical idea of the nuclear family, you might realize that perhaps your first thoughts might not accurately describe the world around you.