Same-sex couples in Texas face unique challenges post split

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2015 | Same-Sex Partners

Breakups can be hard for anyone to go through, especially if the partners were living under the same roof and had invested greatly in their futures together. However, unlike married partners, those who are cohabitating together face unique challenges after a breakup. If kids are involved, the challenges can be even more difficult. 

For same-sex couples living in Texas, after a split, there are issues that must be addressed. At the Shapiro Law Firm, our attorneys are committed to finding solutions for same-sex partners after the dissolution of a domestic partnership. We understand just how much is on the line. 

In the eyes of the law, a domestic partnership is not the same as a marriage. However, just like with married couples, same-sex couples may own property together and have children together. Just how to divide this property — or any other assets — or how to effectively parent after a breakup are issues that need to be discussed. 

When it comes to child custody and visitation, the best interests of the parents, as well as the children, must be protected. Again though, since child custody laws in Texas are written for heterosexual couples, having the guidance of an attorney who understands the legal issues facing same-sex couples with children is essential. 

Keep in mind that after a breakup, the time immediately following the split can be quite emotional. Making decisions on one’s future may not be the easiest to make. This is why it is best to reach out to an attorney, who can approach legal strategy from a clear-headed standpoint of a client’s needs and goals.