TEXAS LGBTQ+ ATTORNEY
Same-sex marriage is legal in Texas, USA. Since then, the legal system has tried to equalize rules and regulations related to marriage, divorce, adoption, division of property, alimony, child custody and child support for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. However, since same-sex marriage is still relatively new for Texas, many same-sex couples are still unaware of the laws that govern their rights. An LGBTQ+ attorney can also help you with other legal family matters such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney.
It is important for LGBTQ+ couples to realize that they too have rights and that there are laws that have been implemented to protect these couples and their families. Since LGBTQ+ law is still an area that has undergone significant controversy over the years, there is a lack of knowledge about many legal aspects of marriage, divorce, distribution of assets, children, adoption, estate planning, partnership agreements, etc. This is where Texas LGBTQ+ attorneys can help by providing you the information you need to make an informed decision – whether its the decision to marry, to separate, to divorce, to adopt or to write a living will.
At Eddington & Worley, we come across many different types of families. Our legal team has dealt with a wide variety of family cases and have helped straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples in Texas with all their legal needs. Even though same-sex marriage is now legal, we understand that same-sex couples still have many different challenges to overcome. Our LGBTQ+ attorneys are here to help you with any legal problems you might have or any legal solutions you might be looking for. Contact Eddington & Worley, we treat every family with respect and attention. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, sexual preference or physical appearance.
HOW ARE LGBTQ+ LAWYERS DIFFERENT FROM FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
Many of our LGBTQ+ clients come to us with the perception that they do not have access to the same legal solutions and options as traditional couples. But that is where they’re wrong. LGBTQ+ lawyers are no different from family law attorneys. The only distinction is that LGBTQ+ lawyers offer specialized services to LGBTQ+ families. This is just an efficient way of providing service to the LGBTQ+ community because LGBTQ+ attorneys have the necessary knowledge and skill with respect to laws that govern the rights and freedom of the LGBTQ+ community. Just because they are called LGBTQ+ lawyers does not mean they cannot offer you services related to family matters such as marriage, divorce, separation, adoption, child support, child custody, etc.
For example, when it comes to divorce, LGBTQ+ couples also have rights just like straight couples. Just like heterosexual marriages fail sometimes, so do LGBTQ+ marriages. An LGBTQ+ attorney will help you deal with this if such a situation arises. Just like a family law attorney, an LGBTQ+ lawyer will also help you sort out the primary aspects of your divorce with respect to alimony, division of assets, child custody if applicable, and child support if applicable. Divorce laws in Texas are more or less the same for both heterosexual and LGBTQ+ couples. Rules and regulations apply to both, and it is best to discuss everything with an LGBTQ+ attorney if you are contemplating divorce from your same-sex marriage partner.
The same goes for adoption. Adopting a child can be quite complicated for any couple, whether they are heterosexual or LGBTQ+. Since the legalization of same-sex marriage in the US, the number of LGBTQ+ couples who are looking to adopt has increased quite significantly. The perception that LGBTQ+ couples cannot adopt or that they would be rejected is wrong. If you hire the services of the right LGBTQ+ adoption attorney, you can adopt just like any heterosexual couple. But yes, there are situations that LGBTQ+ couples often have to face when dealing with people who refuse to give them their rights or who discriminate against them without any just cause. This is where an LGBTQ+ attorney can help you fulfill your dream of completing your family, just like any family law attorney would do for a heterosexual couple. LGBTQ+ lawyers specialize in issues and situations related to LGBTQ+ couples, and that is why they are more efficient at providing you with solutions that will fit your needs. This does not mean that family laws differ for you; it’s just that LGBTQ+ couples still have to jump through hoops when dealing with people who are still not accepting or open-minded enough to allow people to live their life as they choose.
When it comes to divorce for an LGBTQ+ couple that has adopted a child, once again, the law provides both parties the rights to visit and build a relationship with their adopted child. An LGBTQ+ attorney can help you understand your parental rights, and they can also help you come to a mutual agreement regarding the custody of that child without becoming involved in a long custody battle. However, if the two partners cannot come to an agreement regarding child custody and child support, an LGBTQ+ attorney, just like a family law attorney, can help resolve these issues. Keep in mind that the law in Texas will always keep the child’s interest their top priority. This is true for heterosexual couples as well as LGBTQ+ couples. Talk to an LGBTQ+ attorney if you and your partner have decided to split ways but have an adopted child together. Decisions will have to be taken so that the child is safe and protected.
CONTACT A TEXAS LGBTQ+ LAWYER TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION TODAY
The legal system in Texas is designed to protect the rights of every individual whether they are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The only problem is that since LGBTQ+ laws are still in their infancy, there are certain areas where LGBTQ+ people can face problems. However, there are laws to protect you, and there are LGBTQ+ attorneys who have the knowledge and the skills to ensure your rights are protected and that you are not discriminated against.
Our LGBTQ+ attorneys at Eddington & Worley will fight for your rights no matter what your gender is or your sexual orientation. For our legal team, upholding the law comes first. We will fight for your rights whether you are a lesbian couple looking to adopt or a bisexual couple separating. When it comes to divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, and adoption, even traditional couples face many challenges. The same is true for LGBTQ+ couples, but our LGBTQ+ lawyers are here to ensure you get justice and your rights are protected. If you are looking to adopt and are afraid your application will be rejected, talk to our LGBTQ+ attorney to find out about the adoption process. If you intend to separate from your same-sex partner but are unsure as to how the law works with respect to LGBTQ+ separation and divorce, call our office and schedule an appointment with our LGBTQ+ lawyer to find out your options and how the divorce process works for LGBTQ+ couples.
We all deserve the right to live the life that we want. This means we are free to choose who we marry. We are also free to make decisions regarding our family if there are circumstances beyond our control. Many LGBTQ+ couples now adopt because they don’t want to be deprived of raising a child that they could love and adore. LGBTQ+ couples have the same rights as traditional couples who decide to adopt. It is not a crime to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We are all human beings, and we all have the right to live our lives with freedom and respect. If you are an LGBTQ+ individual or an LGBTQ+ couple and you need legal help related to any family issue, contact our LGBTQ+ attorney today, and they will be happy to assist you.