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Bryan LGBTQ Family Lawyers

Just a few years ago, gay and lesbian couples were unable to get married in Texas. But as of 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country, meaning thousands of couples have been able to become family in the eyes of the law.

At C.E. Borman, we believe a family is a family. That’s why we use our decades of experience in family law to protect our LGBTQ clients’ rights and fight for what’s best for their families.

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Our Bryan LGBTQ Family Law Services

Of course, just because same-sex marriage is legal doesn’t mean there isn’t still discrimination. And there are many other family law issues that LGBTQ couples can face – some unique to the LGBTQ community, and some not.

Below are some of the cases that an experienced LGBTQ family lawyer can help you with:

  • Divorce: The divorce process is mostly the same for all couples, regardless of gender or sexuality. Your attorney will help you file, serve your spouse, negotiate the terms of your settlement, and go to court if necessary.
  • Child Custody and Support: The laws around child custody and support are also the same for all couples. With your attorney by your side, you and your child’s other parent will come to an agreement about their living situation, visitation, and other important questions regarding your child’s upbringing.
  • Adoption: Your attorney can help you find an agency, undergo the screening process, and fill out all the necessary paperwork to become adoptive parents. There is also a process known as second parent adoption that allows your partner to legally adopt your biological child.
  • Gestational Surrogacy Agreements: If you choose to conceive a child through a surrogate, we can connect you with resources to find a surrogate, and help you draft an agreement that protects your rights to custody.
  • Cohabitation/Partnership Agreements: Some couples choose not to get married. In these cases, we can help you draft a cohabitation agreement, a property agreement, and any other official documents that will help protect your legal rights as a couple.

What Our Bryan LGBTQ Family Law Clients Say

Our Bryan LGBTQ Divorce Case Process

01. STEP ONE

Call 979-200-4725

02. STEP TWO

We’ll learn more about your situation and discuss your options for moving forward.

03. STEP THREE

Together, we’ll get to work resolving your issues – representing you through mediation and, if necessary, in court.

Frequently Asked Questions

What legal rights do LGBTQ+ couples have regarding marriage and divorce in Texas?

Since the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, LGBTQ+ couples have the same marriage and divorce rights as heterosexual couples in Texas.

Are the legal processes for LGBTQ+ divorces different from heterosexual divorces?

The legal processes for LGBTQ+ divorces are similar to heterosexual divorces. This process involves filing for divorce, negotiating with your spouse over contested issues, and potential court proceedings to finalize the divorce settlement.

What unique family law issues do LGBTQ+ couples face?

While LGBTQ+ couples may have equal rights under the law, that doesn’t mean that discrimination in the courts doesn’t still happen. In addition, LGBTQ+ couples may require certain legal services that aren’t as common in heterosexual marriages, such as second-parent adoption, gestational surrogacy agreements, cohabitation/partnership agreements, and specific considerations in wills and estate planning.

How can I get custody over my children if I'm not their biological parent?

Even if you don’t have legal guardianship of your children, you may still be able to demonstrate a significant parental relationship to the court and gain custody or visitation rights. Talk to an experienced family lawyer to learn more. They may also be able to help you pursue adoption.

What if my partner and I are separating, but we never officially got married?

Even if you were not legally married, you may still have legal rights and obligations concerning property, support, and children. Consulting with a family law attorney experienced in LGBTQ+ issues can help you navigate your rights and options in such situations.

Contact a Bryan LGBTQ Family Lawyer today

If you’re seeking legal advice on family matters, it’s absolutely crucial that you find a lawyer with experience in LGBTQ issues, and knowledge of the local court system. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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