Same-Sex Couples and Child Custody: Am I a Legal Parent?
The simplest way to prove legal parentage is through giving birth to the child. Clearly, in a same-gender relationship that option will not always be realistic. Fortunately, there are other avenues of becoming a legal parent. In Texas, the nonbiological parent may adopt the child without impacting the legal relationship of the other parent, this is known as second-parent adoption. Additionally, an individual may prove he or she is a legal parent by going to court and adjudicating parentage where a judge will decide if there is a parent-child relationship based on the circumstances.
Child custody can be a contentious part of any divorce, and this becomes especially true in same-gender divorces where one parent may not be a “legal parent.” If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and are going through a child custody dispute with your spouse, you need an attorney that is not only experienced in the area of same-gender family litigation but someone who can also empathize with your situation. Contact Kirker Davis LLP today to schedule a free telephone consultation with one of our highly trained attorneys.
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Kirker Davis LLP is a boutique family law firm in Central Texas with a focus on high-end family law cases. We handle divorces involving professionals, family-owned businesses, custody matters, and complex litigation. The Firm’s core business philosophy is based on fidelity to the practice of law and a commitment to client service.
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