Child custody is at the heart of many ferocious divorce cases. To most, the right to have legal involvement in their child’s upbringing is the most important part of a divorce settlement. Settling child custody disputes can take months of complex legal proceedings, but good parents often end up with joint child custody, though ultimately the courts will do what is best for the child. Sometimes winning custody isn’t enough, however, and unexpected circumstances can prevent parents from having the relationships with their children that they deserve.
Texas is on the precipice of landmark litigation affecting how the law treats same-sex couples. The case has followed the long and bumpy road of two women seeking a divorce in a state where same-sex marriage is not allowed under current law. Shortly after the case gained notoriety, the Attorney General sought to block the proceedings for fear that it would undermine the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Divorce is never an easy process, and it is certainly not what most people envision happening when they say “I do.” It’s no secret that divorce rates have been on the rise in our country, but divorce has long been a concern for those in the military simply due to the nature of their service. Military divorces can present a number of issues that traditional divorces do not. For example, one of the spouses may be deployed overseas, making it difficult to advance with divorce proceedings.
For many children, their father is just as important as their mother. Whether their parents live together or not, both can play positive roles in a child’s upbringing. The only condition is that they are willing and suitable parents. In Texas, child custody laws aim to establish arrangements that are in the best interests of the child. However, sometimes this can be extremely difficult to ascertain.
Family Law is a multifaceted practice, covering issues ranging from domestic abuse to prenuptial agreements, from divorce and custody to adoption and child support. In recent years, Family Law has begun to have an impact for an entirely new demographic of people: same-sex couples. The gay equality movement continues to gain momentum across our country, with seven states legalizing same-sex marriage in the last year alone. If same-sex married couples move to a state that does not license same-sex marriage, they could find themselves facing more than one complex issue, especially if same-sex couples ever decide to get divorced.