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Lesbian Couple Can't Cohabitate In Texas

A Texas judge made a ruling that a particular lesbian couple could not live together. The ruling was part of a complex family law case that was dictated by a morality clause that was included in one of the women's divorce decree. The women believe that they are the victims of discrimination.

One of the women was divorced in 2010. The divorce included a morality clause, which is common in Texas divorce cases. These types of clauses are designed to prevent an unmarried parent from letting a romantic partner from living in the house or staying overnight while the children are in the home. The district court judge ruled in early May to enforce the clause and ordered the woman's partner to move out of the family home that they lived in with the woman's 10 and 13-year-old daughters. The women said that the ex-husband had instigated the proceedings by hiring a private investigator to find information that would make the woman leave the home. Reportedly, the ex-husband pleaded guilty to criminal trespass onto the woman's property and for installing an unlicensed tracking device.

The women believe that they have been discriminated against by the ruling. While heterosexual couples can avoid triggering the morality clause by getting married, this option is not available to gay couples in Texas because Texas does not recognize gay marriage. They allege that the judge wants to punish them for being gay. While they believe the clause is unconstitutional, they say that they will comply with the order.

Texas family law attorneys can help individuals get divorced and formulate clauses in divorce decrees. They may also be able to handle complex family law cases, such as the cases that are emerging that are related to gay domestic partners or unmarried partners.

Source: International Business Times, "Lesbian Couple Can’t Cohabitate In Texas, Judge Cites Morality Clause In Divorce Papers That Forbids Unmarried Partners To Live Together", Zoe Mintz, May 22, 2013

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