Same Sex Marriage And Domestic Partnerships in Texas
According to the recent decision by the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges , states (including Texas) are now required to license a marriage between two people of the same sex. Further, states (including Texas) are now required to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed in a state outside of Texas. The repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) also allows states that have same-sex marriage to offer federal benefits to same-sex couples. With a lawyer’s help, same-sex couples in Texas can navigate this new and developing area of family law depending on the circumstances of your situation.
At The Webb Family Law Firm, P.C., we welcome all people, including gay and lesbian individuals and families. Although same-sex couples may still face legal challenges, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help people protect their rights.
Premarital & Post Marital Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, Same-Sex Marriage And Dissolution
If you and your partner were legally married in another state or have a cohabitation agreement and are ending the relationship, we can help you with the legal aspects of the dissolution process. Cohabitation agreements are similar to premarital agreements. We can determine how the terms of the agreement may apply to your case. Further, if you and your partner are already married or planning on getting married, we can assist you in drafting a pre-marital or post-marital agreement to protect the rights of both parties.
The end of a same-sex relationship or same-sex marriage means that the couple must address many of the same issues as heterosexual married couples, including:
- Property rights in domestic partnerships or divorce
- Child custody issues in domestic partnerships or divorce
- Spousal support/alimony in domestic partnerships or divorce
- Child support
If you or your partner works for a company that offers benefits for same-sex partners, this may be an important part of the property division process. We have experience with complex retirement benefits cases and can help you value and divide health benefits, investments and insurance.
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Webb Family Law Practice Areas
We work to resolve cases via negotiation, collaborative law, mediation and litigation. While most family law cases are settled out of court, we have the skill to take cases to trial when necessary. Our attorneys will protect your rights during every step of the case.