Since the June 26,U. Supreme Court ruling on the matter, all states recognize same-sex marriages. That means Texas county clerks and divorce judges are allowed to grant same-sex marriage licenses, perform same-sex marriages, and in turn, grant same-sex divorces.
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CNN -- It's only been two months since the District of Columbia legalized same-sex marriage, but local attorney Lawrence Jacobs is already cautioning his clients: Marriage may be allowed, but divorce will be much harder to do. While the District and five states have legalized same-sex marriage and consequently allow divorces, granting same-sex divorce elsewhere is often murky. As married same-sex couples cross into states that explicitly ban or don't recognize gay marriage, they face a dilemma.
The legal landscape is leveled for married same-sex couples, and the longtime challenge of navigating different state laws is finally over. I am painfully aware that in some states, same-sex couples had been hampered in many areas of their lives: property ownership, adoption, employee benefits, inheritance rights, and medical decisions, to name a few. Happily a lot of those hurdles will be gone now.
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Although Texas does not currently permit same sex couples to marry, and the issue of whether same sex couples legally married in other states may obtain a divorce in Texas is currently be litigated, it is possible to enter into contractual agreements regarding many issues that same sex couples face when they are beginning or ending a relationship. We can draft cohabitation agreements that address the issues that are important to you, and also assist with estate planning to help you achieve your goals. We can assist with parenting agreements to protect you and your child.
A state appeals court in Dallas has rejected a lower court's decision that two gay men who married in Massachusetts had the right to divorce in Texas. In October, state District Judge Tena Callahan ruled that the men could legally end their marriage and that the state's prohibition against same-sex marriage violated the federal constitutional right to equal protection. On Tuesday, the 5th District Court of Appeals in Dallas reversed that decision and instructed Callahan to dismiss the case. Same-sex marriages or civil unions are prohibited by a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution and the Texas Family Code.
Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, and with the right to marry comes the right to legally end the union, with the same privileges and obligations regarding child custody and visitation, child support, alimony or spousal support and the division of property. If your marriage has ended, you want an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to protect your rights. The lawyers in our family law practice offer more than years of combined practice experience to men and women across Texas.
The state's highest court is also expected to examine whether Texas's constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality violates the U. The Texas Supreme Court will consider how to handle the divorces of legally married same-sex couples, while also considering the state's ban on marriage equality, reports the Associated Press. The state's highest court will hear oral arguments November 5 regarding two cases — filed by a lesbian couple in Austin and a gay couple in Dallas — where same-sex couples who married legally in Massachusetts are now seeking a divorce in Texas.