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Federal judge prepares to rule on same-sex couples

Families go through all kinds of changes in their lifetimes. People marry and divorce. Custody arrangements have to be made. Children are born or adopted. People die. In Texas, family law aims to ensure the preservation of the well-being of all members of a family unit. Recently, however, several states including Texas have been considering whether there should be any difference in these laws when a family involves a same-sex couple.

In Michigan, a federal judge was preparing to make a ruling unlike any he had dealt with before, but also one that would have a huge effect on the state. In the course of the trial, he would tackle matters of same-sex marriage and the right to adopt. One of the key questions for him was to be whether same-sex couples could provide a suitable environment for the upbringing of children.

One couple keen to see their state's ban on same-sex marriage declared unconstitutional also hope that adoption will soon be permitted in the state. The couple, who are both nurses, has each already adopted children. However, without a change to state legislation, they are unable to adopt each other's children and share parentage. Aside from this denial of their rights to be a family unit in the eyes of the law, this situation could cause child custody issues should something happen to one of the women.

Although this decision is taking place in another state, decisions about marital and adoption rights for same-sex couples are also taking place in Texas. Whatever your family situation, you have the right to ensure your loved ones receive the care, support and consideration they need. Whether you are negotiating the adoption process, arranging child custody or making a new start with divorce, it is important to weigh up your options fully. By making yourself aware of family law and the things you can do to benefit your family, you can make the best decisions possible to preserve the happiness of yourself and your loved ones.

Source: Detroit Free Press, "Parenting to be focus as Michigan judge begins same-sex marriage trial Tuesday," Tresa Baldas, Feb. 24, 2014

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