Family law addresses all family issues, ranging from divorce and child custody to domestic abuse and adoption. One issue of family law that has become particularly polarizing in recent years is the treatment of marriage, specifically same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage has been gaining a lot of positive momentum in the last few years. Currently, 19 states license same-sex marriage, and the legal battle is being waged in the courts of many other states, including Texas.
When filing for divorce, there are many differences that military members may face that their civilian counterparts do not. Some of these differences you have some measure of control over, such as where you file. This is one of the most important things to consider in a military divorce because the law varies by state, so depending on where you choose to file, the outcome of your divorce could change significantly. This is more of an issue for military members than civilians because civilians rarely have a choice in where they file.
One of the most difficult aspects of a divorce is coming to terms with a child custody agreement that you may not find acceptable. Even in best-case child custody scenarios, your relationship with your child will not be the same after a divorce as it was before. However, if you're afraid of losing any kind of involvement in your child's life, you should be able to receive a reasonable custody deal unless you have exhibited serious signs of negligent parenting.
It’s no secret that courts favored mothers in custody cases in decades past, but the likelihood of that happening these days is rapidly dropping. In fact, sole custody itself is moving towards becoming a somewhat antiquated concept, with many studies confirming that fathers are as capable as mothers when it comes to the care of children. This is true in Texas as well, and it is fairly uncommon here for a father to be completely removed from the custody/visitation picture unless they are deemed somehow unfit.