Domestic Partnership Family Law Lawyer
Texas does not offer the same rights and protections to same-sex partners as it does to traditional families. Therefore, it is often necessary to take legal action in order to obtain these rights, especially as they relate to child custody.
LGBT Divorce Attorneys
At the law firm of Laurence A. DePlaza, P.C., we are committed to representing all types of families with their legal needs. If you are part of the LGBT community and have a child custody or adoption concern, we welcome your inquiries and look forward to helping you achieve your desired outcome.
Our lead attorney Laurence DePlaza has more than 20 years of experience and is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has a reputation for providing strong advocacy in complex and difficult cases. His experience and thorough, tenacious approach to family law can give you an advantage when seeking custody and parental rights of a child.
Strong Representation. Successful Results.
Many of our same-sex custody cases involve our client seeking parental rights of his or her partner’s biological or adopted child. In these situations, we will work closely with our clients to demonstrate their strengths as a parent in hearings and other court proceedings and show how this arrangement would be beneficial to the child. Because of our ability to present strong and convincing cases, we are often able to obtain a successful outcome on our clients’ behalf.
Some cases do not go as smoothly, however. Biases and personal beliefs can cause family members and even some judges to oppose granting parental rights to same-sex partners. We are prepared to handle these conflicts and offer tough challenges to their opposition. We fight for your right to provide a loving and nurturing home for your child.
In addition to seeking parental rights, we represent gay and lesbian clients who wish to adopt a child. Adopting a child can ensure that if one partner dies, the other will have full legal right to raise the child without fear of family members stepping in to contest the relationship.
Our LGBT family lawyers also handle custody disputes if same-sex partners separate. We will assert our clients’ positions while protecting the best interests of the children.