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What unique issues arise in LGBTQ+ divorces?

Houston, TX family law attorney Kristy M. Banda talks about the unique issues that can arise in LGBTQ+ divorces.

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my hope is that there are not
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um we thankfully thanks to
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the obergefell uh case coming from the
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supreme court
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if you are in a same-sex relationship or
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an lgbtq plus relationship
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you can get divorced just like any other
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opposite sex couple we approach
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all of our divorces the same way whether
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you are
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a member of the lgbtq community or not
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but
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i do tend to see a lot more
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special adoption issues in lgbtq
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cases a lot more cases involving
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in vitro or sperm donation
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for example if i have a same-sex couple
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two women
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i do tend to see a lot more of cases
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where there’s been
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a donation whether it be an egg donation
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or a sperm donation
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and one mother is the biological mother
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of the child
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and one parent is not the biological
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parent
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and we are getting them divorced and
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sometimes
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issues arise where one spouse decides
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that because
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the other parent is not the biological
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parent
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that they try to sever the rights of the
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child in the in the non-biological
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parent
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so i tend to see more cases like that
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with within the lgbtq plus community
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than i do
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with those who are opposite sex couples
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but it doesn’t mean that those issues
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don’t exist with opposite sex couples
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so i think the hope is that you know we
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can continue on this trend
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of not having this segregation between
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lgbtq plus community
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and uh the the opposite sex you know
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community and uh we can
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continue to treat those the same and the
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courts will continue to treat those the
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same that’s our hope

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