Pursuing Child Support
as an LGBTQ Parent
Since the 2015 Supreme Court decision ruling that same sex marriage was a right in all 50 states LGBT couples have enjoyed equal rights and protections under the law. However, because same sex marriage is recognized, so is same sex divorce. Legally married, same sex couples in Texas are also subject to the same laws relating to property division, child custody, spousal support and other areas of family law surrounding divorce. These situation can get complicated when couples lived together for years under common law marriage, got legally married in a different state before 2015, came back to Texas and now want a divorce. The challenge is to prove when the marriage began and when marital property was acquired.
Responding to a Child Support case brought against you
Every family is unique, special and deserves to be treated with compassion, respect and sensitivity. In a divorce it is also important that LGBT couple also seek representation by an attorney actively involved in the gay community that will fully protect their rights and interests in court. Attorney and Justice of the Peace John P. McCall Jr. has personally handled thousands of divorces in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The majority of those cases, stretching back from 2003, have involved same sex couples. With this extensive background in LGBT family law Mr. McCall understands the nuances and complexities that can arise when working through these cases. Imagine the peace of mind you will experience when you can sit down with an attorney who has seen your case play out dozens of times in Dallas courts. Being represented by a divorce lawyer with this level of experience will ensure the best possible outcome for you. You will save time and money by avoiding costly mistakes and benefit from counsel that knows when to settle and when to litigate.
How is the child support system different for LGBTQ parents?
The short answer is no. While Mr. McCall is a gay attorney and Dallas’ first openly gay elected Justice of the Peace, he emphasizes the importance of working with an attorney that not only understands your legal problem but can also empathize with your perspective. So while it is universally recognized that you absolutely do not need a lawyer who is gay themselves to help you with a gay divorce, many clients choose the Law Offices of John P. McCall Jr. for that exact reason. Every divorce lawyer will do their best to fully represent their client’s interests but Mr. McCall has taken on many clients that have gone through several so-called “gay-friendly” attorneys in Dallas unable to find a highly skilled divorce lawyer that can also see the world through their eyes.
You want someone on your team who understand how sensitive public records are. Clients are worried that employers, or other prying eyes, will find their name online. When the Law Office of John P. McCall Jr. files your divorce that won’t happen. Your private life shall remain private.
Our clients get comfort knowing their divorce attorney can relate to their personal dynamics, understand the different ego’s, emotions and finances.
Whichever divorce attorney you choose, you will be sharing intimate details of your life to aid in your case. No two couples are the same but it’s good to be able to fully disclose your situation to your attorney and know your lifestyle patterns will not feel embarrassing.
You will find many gay friendly and LGBT divorce attorneys in Dallas since 2015. You should be represented by the one that has been defending the rights of the Texas LGBT community before it was cool.
The Law Office of John P. McCall Jr. can help with these common same-sex child support matters:
- You were married in another state and need a same-sex divorce in Texas.
- You were married in Texas and need to file for a separation, divorce or annulment in Texas.
- You’re a Texas resident and you’ve been served divorce papers.
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