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Texas judge will decide same-sex divorce case

Same-sex marriage has long been an issue that the Texas courts don't have to deal with because of the state's ban on the marriages. With the ban on same-sex marriages also comes the issue of how the state will handle same-sex divorce for couples who were legally married in other states. While some people might not agree with the marriage or the divorces, cases are popping up that are commanding attention.

Last month, a federal judge said that Texas' refusal to recognize same-sex marriages from other states is unconstitutional. The Bexar County couple who is trying to legally end their same-sex marriage will likely hear whether they will be able to very soon.

In Bexar County, a same-sex couple who separated last year might be the first to divorce in the county. The judge is expected to rule about whether two women who were married in Washington, D.C., in 2010 can legally divorce in the state.

The two women have a child who is at the center of a child custody battle. One of the women is fighting for the right to see the child. Her attorney says that they will take the case all the way through.

Anyone who is going through a same-sex divorce might meet some resistance. Knowing your rights and learning about how you can deal with the resistance might help you to determine how to proceed with the divorce petitions. Learning all you can about Texas divorce and child custody laws can also help you to decide what is most appropriate for your needs.

Source: FOX 29, "Judge to decide whether San Antonio same sex couple can divorce" Robert Price, Apr. 10, 2014

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