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.
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.
Opening your heart and home through adoption is no easy decision. Once you've chosen adoption, you're likely faced with years of waiting, intricate procedural requirements, uncertainty, and daunting legal protocols. Recent creation of online adoption avenues adds even more complexity; prospective parents must learn how to market themselves as well as determine which of these internet agencies are legitimate. However, Texans seeking to adopt children have another option they may not know about - and it may be the most rewarding yet.
They're the biggest little TV stars in Texas: Dr. Jennifer Arnold and her husband, Bill Klein. The stars of TLC's "The Little Couple" recently announced the adoption of a three-year-old boy who, like his new mom and dad, has a form of dwarfism.
Military life can be rough on family life and require great personal sacrifice for all involved. Sometimes, that personal sacrifice is more than some can take and families suffer as a result. In one former Texas based Sergeant's case, that personal sacrifice led to great suffering, even greater joy, and unfortunately has also resulted in another family's unintentional suffering as well.
Rather than waiting the traditional couple of years for an adoption agency to find the right match and push through all the paperwork, some are turning to the internet for a quick fix for their adoption backlog. The internet is beginning to transform how some birth mothers market themselves and the child they carry to potential parents. Vice versa, it is forcing potential parents to attempt to market themselves in a different manner than traditionally used through an agency.