Dallas LGBTQ+ Divorce Attorneys
Working with LGBTQ+ Individuals & Couples Throughout TX
Divorce is a challenging enough process as-is, but unfortunately, members of the LGBTQ+ community sometimes face additional challenges when filing for divorce.
Our Dallas LGBTQ+ divorce lawyers will stand with you and fight for your rights, helping you achieve a positive outcome in your case.
What Issues do LGBTQ+ Couples Face During Divorce?
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage on a federal level. With the ability to marry came the ability to divorce. However, LGBTQ+ couples sometimes face unique challenges when filing for divorce. Two of the most common problem areas for LGBTQ+ couples during a divorce are:
Property Division Can Be Difficult
Texas is a community property state, meaning that marital property is equally owned by each spouse and must be divided in a manner that is "just and right."
However, many gay couples consider themselves effectively married for longer than the past six years or have lived and acquired property together for a significant amount of time before gay marriage was federally legalized.
As a result, it's not uncommon for LGBTQ+ couples to disagree on what property should or shouldn't be divided during a divorce. Getting a court to consider certain assets as marital property that were acquired before the Supreme Court legalized marriage may be challenging, representing a source of frustration for many LGBTQ+ individuals navigating a divorce.
Custody Disputes Can Get Tricky
Custody disputes can be challenging to navigate for LGBTQ+ parents, especially if only one parent has biological ties to the child(ren). The court may favor the biological parent for custody, even if they are a less capable caretaker.
As a result, many LGBTQ+ parents find themselves in the infuriating position of having to work against, not with, the court during their divorce case.
At DebnamRush, PC, we're committed to helping our LGBTQ+ clients find the best path forward in their divorce and protect their rights and interests. To learn more about the divorce process in Texas, consider visiting our divorce page.