Care and Guardianship Over Minor Children
Gay couples with children are generally not both biologically related to the child or may not both be listed as a parent on the adoption papers. If the adoptive or biological parent dies, the child’s other parent may not be appointed guardian of the minor child without a Designation of Guardian. While this document cannot guarantee the appointment of the non-biological, non-adoptive parent as the child’s guardian, the Courts in Texas give great deference to the choices of deceased parents’ in regards to their minor children’s care. A Designation of Guardian is a key document in formalizing these choices.
When planning for the preservation and growth of your estate, as well as your and your children’s future care in Texas, these documents play an integral role for same sex couples. Without a valid Will there are many undesirable pitfalls a same sex couple may encounter, though effective estate planning can minimize the pitfalls and ensure the your wishes are carried out. Additionally, effective documentation can ensure your care, and the care of your children into tomorrow and beyond. We highly recommend that same sex couples seek the advice of a competent estate planning attorney to help you in planning and drafting these documents and many others that are available to you.
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