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I. What is Adoption Adoption is when a person legally takes on the rights and obligations of being a parent to a child that is not his or her biological child. This means that those rights that originally belonged to the biological parents will be legally transferred to another person who is unrelated to the child. The natural parents of the child cannot just take back their already adopted child. Adoption is permanent in nature. Once the parental rights and authority of the natural parents are terminated through adoption, it is deemed as if the adoptive parents become the natural […]

Adoption in Texas

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Texas follows a uniform process when it comes to filing for a divorce. The process applies to church marriage, common-law marriage and even same-sex marriage. This article will guide you through the typical steps taken in the process of acquiring divorce in Texas. The Procedure: An Original Petition for Divorce shall be filed with the court by the petitioner or one of the spouses, and shall serve on or deliver to the other spouse or the respondent.  A waiver may be signed by the respondent-spouse with regard his to be personally served with the papers, if both of the spouses […]

9 Steps to File for a Divorce in Texas

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Two days ago, Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional as part of an estate dispute. Because the state does not recognize same-sex marriages, the marriage of Stella Powell and Sonemaly Phrasavath was not recognized and her estate passed to her siblings instead of her wife of 8 years.   Today, the first same-sex marriage license was issued this morning to 31-year couple, Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant who were then married in a ceremony outside of the Clerk’s office.   Judge David Wahlberg of the 167th District court issued an order […]

First Gay Marriage License Issued in Travis County

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Same-sex marriage has only been legalized quite recently. If you are already married or you are wanting to marry and want to have children, that is not a problem. There are many same-sex couples who are very successful in parenting. There are many scenarios which could be at play here. It is possible that one or both of you already has a child or have children as the case may be. It is best to consult with a lawyer so you can make sure that you can make custody and support work without any problems in the future. Usually, same-sex […]

Same-sex Couples: Children and Adoption

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When it comes to common law marriage and divorce, there might be different circumstances that could be associated with individual cases. The following are the most commonly asked questions regarding common law marriage and getting a divorce after a common law marriage. The answers are addressing the questions below are in general form and if there are unique circumstances in your case, these might not apply to you. What is a common law marriage? A common law marriage is also referred to as an informal marriage. It is as legal as a ceremonial marriage. A couple may be considered legally […]

Common Law Marriage and Divorce FAQs

Same-sex marriage has been approved by the federal Supreme Court years ago. However, it has not been very clear on whether they have the same conditions as marriages of the opposite sex. In the state of Texas, there are some questions on whether the rights of same-sex couples to marry will also translate to their rights to divorce. Family lawyers in Texas shed some light on these questions. The Waiting Period The short answer to the question of whether a judge can prevent a divorce for same-sex marriages is “no”. However, divorces in Texas are subject to a sixty-day waiting […]

Can a Judge Prevent the Divorce of a Same-sex Couple?