San Antonio Law Firm Teams Up with Attorney Bringing Bexar County's First Same-Sex Divorce Case

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The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., together with Judith K. Wemmert, represent the Petitioner who filed Bexar County's first same-sex divorce case.

Since De Leon, Texas law now treats all children fairly. Children born of same-sex marriages can now expect their rights to love both parents to be protected in the courts. We are going to ensure this child can be heard at the Bexar County Courthouse.

On February 18, 2014, the Petitioner known as A. L. F. L, filed for divorce in Cause Number 2014-CI-02421, in Bexar County, Texas, from her wife, K. L. L. The parties were married on August 13, 2010, in Washington D.C., which recognizes same-sex marriage.

The parties together had one child during their marriage.

The Respondent filed a Plea to the Jurisdiction and Motion to Dismiss, arguing that Petitioner did not have any standing to bring her divorce action because Texas does not recognize same-sex marriage, and thus, cannot grant a divorce arising out of a same-sex marriage.

On March 25, 2014, The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., filed its Notice of Appearance as co-counsel to Judith Wemmert.

Deanna L. Whitley is the principal attorney at the firm.

On March 27, 2014, Whitley made oral arguments regarding the standing of the Petitioner to bring her divorce action. The Honorable Barbara Nellermoe is withholding her ruling until briefs on the issue, due April 11, 2014, are submitted by the attorneys.

“Together, we represent the interests of the Petitioner and the child in this case, ensuring the child's rights to love and have relationships with both of her parents, regardless of their sexual orientation,” says Whitley. “Texans believe in protecting children, whether they are born from a same-sex couple or a heterosexual couple.”

This case was brought on the heels of the recent decision by the Honorable Orlando Garcia, in De Leon, et. al. v. Rick Perry, et. al.. In De Leon, the Court held that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage, and its refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional. The case is now pending in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., and Wemmert are leading the charge to ensure all children are treated equally under the law.

The Whitley Law Firm, P.C., is comprised of attorneys Deanna L. Whitley and Shellie R. Reyes. Their practice area focuses on family law, including an emphasis on same-sex legal issues, and other issues faced by the LGBT community in the greater San Antonio area.

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