We provide legal counsel to people of all gender identities.
Family law for same-sex couples changed dramatically in 2015 due to the ground-breaking U.S. Supreme Court case calling for the legalization of same-sex marriages in all states, including Texas, which formerly decreed that “marriage is between a man and a woman.” No more!
Despite the fact that the law changed only recently, our family law attorneys already had experience in meeting the legal needs of the LGBTQ+ community in family law matters through mechanisms such as domestic partner agreements. Same sex couples were adopting and having families long before marriage equality was decreed, and our firm also already had experience in child custody cases for same-sex couples.
Same sex couples with children naturally faced the same issues when they separated as any divorcing couple with children: custody, visitation and support. The attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler have always compassionately counseled LGBTQ+ clients to address their family law needs. Now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court and marriage equality, we can also handle your divorce, just as we can for anyone else.
Why You Need a Divorce Lawyer
Divorce is a difficult decision for any family. After investing so much into making a marriage work, it can be hard to admit that it’s time to think about other options. Some people who are getting divorced feel uncomfortable sharing so much of their personal lives with strangers, but hiring a compassionate and skilled divorce attorney is an important aspect of the divorce process.
No matter what kind of divorce you may be considering, using the knowledge and experience of a divorce attorney is always extremely helpful and sometimes necessary. Intensely-contested and emotionally-taxing divorces, trials, and negotiations require the presence of a lawyer to make sure clients get everything they deserve out of the settlement.
Even if you and your spouse are divorcing amicably, there are still benefits to working with a lawyer, because your lawyer can continue to remind you of your rights, can keep track of assets, and can support you through negotiations.
Marriages have a lot of tangible and intangible investments by both spouses, so divorces are often very emotionally charged because of those investments. Without the help of an attorney, you can quickly become overwhelmed by everything you’re supposed to be keeping track and taking care of. You could even lose evidence, misplace paperwork, or forget about important dates and deadlines. When you hire an experienced LGBTQ+ divorce lawyer, you eliminate that risk.
Why You Should Choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler to Handle Your Case
Divorcing couples who are members of the LGBTQ+ community have the same rights and go through the same procedures as any other couples, but finding the right lawyer can be challenging. You want to work with a firm who has compassion for your situation and your family, and ideally, someone who has represented LGBTQ+ clients before.
Holmes, Diggs & Sadler is that firm. Our divorce and family law lawyers have years of experience representing same-sex couples and other members of the LGBTQ+ community in family law matters.
We help people struggling through the most difficult chapters of their lives by providing them with exemplary legal advice and compassionate service. It’s not enough just to have one or the other; a family law attorney who is worth hiring should be both skilled in the courtroom and respectful of their client’s situation.
Former clients have attested to our professionalism and effectiveness in dealing with divorce cases, confirming our status as a highly respected law firm in the Houston area. Our clients come from all walks of life and have different experiences with the legal system. Some of our clients have never worked with a lawyer before, and some have come to us because they’ve been hurt by other law firms in the past.
Perhaps you’ve had a negative experience with another law firm because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. If so, know that the attorneys at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are here for you.
Over the years, we’ve worked hard to provide clients of all sexual orientations and gender identities with solid legal advice and airtight courtroom defenses. In fact, our attorneys advocated for equal marriage rights before the 2015 Supreme Court decision that made same-sex marriage legal in every state. Our team is committed to helping families get through divorce as painlessly as possible, while still fighting to retain the assets that are most important to our clients.
LGBTQ+ Divorce and Family Matters Our Lawyers Can Handle
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, we understand that no two marriages are alike, and that means that every divorce case will be different. However, we’ve been in business long enough to know just how to handle every complication or setback that may come your way.
Our talented team of lawyers and our knowledgeable staff prioritizes clients’ needs above all else, working until they’re satisfied with the results of their case. Our firm handles many divorce-related issues, including:
- Division of assets
- Custody disagreements
- Enforcing court orders
Divorcing a spouse can be a lengthy process, especially if there are children involved or large, disputed assets to sort out, but our lawyers are ready to work through all aspects of your divorce.
We stay open and connected with our clients, ready to answer questions, and to go the extra mile for their success. With divorce being such an emotional experience, the last thing you need is advice from a lawyer who isn’t invested in your case. That’s not who we are, as our satisfied former clients will tell you.
Fortunately, many of the issues that used to plague same-sex divorcing couples are no longer problems under the 2015 Supreme Court decision. While there used to be uncertainties around which states would even recognize a same-sex divorce, now divorce is legally the same for everyone.
There may still be biases and uncertainties around custody agreements and other aspects of divorce in some courts for same-sex couples, but an experienced lawyer can handle these in stride and help you understand the nuances of family law as they apply to your case. Making sure your specific needs for your divorce settlement are met is the priority of all Holmes, Diggs & Sadler lawyers.
The lawyers at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are also interested in continuing to explore the impact of the Supreme Court marriage equality case, Obergefell v. Hodges, in various contexts, including:
- Whether nonprofit entities, such as religions, may discriminate on the basis of same-sex orientation after Obergefell;
- The implications of the retroactive effect of the marriage equality ruling on property division;
- The implications of the ruling on same-sex couples who have been in committed relationships, in combination with the common law marriage laws in Texas, and
- Other possible implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decree.
Divorce is never easy, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world either. You shouldn’t have to go bankrupt or lose years of your life in order to have a successful divorce. By working with our trusted divorce attorneys, you can expect to come out of your divorce with your assets intact and an optimism about your future.
If you are considering divorce, call the LGBTQ+ divorce lawyers at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler today at (713) 802-1777 to learn more about what we can do to help you.
Managing partner Cindy Diggs of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler has been a speaker, both at seminars and in the news, on the Supreme Court’s Equal marriage decision.
Cindy Diggs on gay marriage and taxes
Cindy Diggs on DOMA
Cindy Diggs on deciding the fate of California’s Proposition 8
Cindy Diggs on Gay Marriage and Texas Law