Saturday, December 7, 2019

LGBT Partnership Agreements – Quaid Farish – Dallas, TX Collaborative Divorce Lawyers

March 27, 2019  

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges required states to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and required that same-sex marriages must be recognized in every state so long as that marriage was lawfully performed in another state or country.  The LGBT community can now receive the rights and benefits of marriage that were denied to them in the State of Texas before Obergefell.  However, with those rights and benefits also came the responsibilities and risks of legally recognized marriages.  Divorce is a potential reality for same-sex couples who marry and when a same-sex couple ends their marriage, the couple is faced with many of the same issues that heterosexual couples face.

Additionally, there are still legal issues that are unique to the LGBT community.  “Marriage Equality” does not change the fact that there may still be uncertainty as to the application and potential unsuitability of some laws originally drafted for “one man and one woman” for the LGBT community, particularly in the areas of conservatorship and adoption. There is still uncertainty as to rights of couples who were forced to use alternatives to marriage, such as partnership, adult adoption and domestic partners designations. Therefore, it is important for members of the LGBT community to seek legal advice to learn what options are available to them and applicable to their relationship.  At Quaid Farish, our lawyers have been at the forefront of LGBT client representation for years and will continue to assist LGBT clients in resolving their disputes as amicably and respectfully as possible.

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