Legal Help for the LGBTQ+ Community in Austin, Texas and Surrounding Areas

Same-sex marital rights in Texas fundamentally changed in 2015 when same-sex marriage was legalized across the United States with the United States Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. The Court’s decision provided LGBTQ+ Texans with the right to obtain legally recognized marriages under the laws of the State of Texas.

While the Obergefell ruling was celebrated by the LGBTQ+ community across the United States, with the right to marry comes the right to divorce.

Divorce is a transition that can often be stressful for individuals who are faced with significant legal issues such as property division, spousal support, and child custody, visitation, and support. For LGBTQ+ individuals, there can be additional and unique considerations that may arise in a divorce or child custody case.

While Same sex couples face many of the same issues in the divorce and child custody context, there are unique and important issues for LGBTQ+ individuals to consider when dealing with divorce and child custody issues.

For example:

  • The retroactive effect of the marriage equality decision on the existence of a marriage, whether formal or informal
  • The characterization of property as community, separate, or both and its effect on the division of assets in a divorce case
  • Parental rights for bio/non-bio and adoptive parents

There are many other considerations that are unique to the LGBTQ+ community where, because of the historical circumstances involving same sex rights, the path to a favorable solution is not as clear as it might otherwise be.

Kirker|Davis is Equipped to Handle your Same-Sex Divorce and/or Child Custody Matter

Matters involving same-sex divorce and child custody require a highly competent level of legal knowledge and experience. Since its beginning, Kirker|Davis has helped members of the LGBTQ+ community navigate the legal process and legal issues facing individuals in same-sex divorce and child custody cases. What truly sets our firm apart, however, is our compassion and commitment to the LGBTQ+ community here in Austin and the surrounding areas.

That commitment is exemplified by Kirker|Davis attorney, Kody C. Silva, who has years of experience representing LGBTQ+ individuals in same-sex divorce and child custody matters, as well as extensive involvement in the LGBTQ+ community, including:

  • Membership in the Austin LGBTQ Bar Association
  • Membership in the Texas Family Law Foundation
  • Membership on the Board of Directors for Out Youth, a non-profit organization servicing the LGBTQ+ youth in Central Texas

Contact Us to Get the Legal Help You Need Today

If you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community facing a divorce or child custody matter, you need an attorney who will not only fiercely advocate on your behalf, but one who can also empathize with the unique issues that face the LBGTQ+ community.

Contact us today to schedule a free telephone consultation with an attorney to discuss your divorce or child custody matter and create a legal strategy to help set yourself up for success.