Laws addressing same sex marriage frequently are being enacted and old laws are being rewritten. By the end of 2013, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Because not every state allows these marriages or recognizes the marriage of same-sex couples married in other jurisdictions, it is critical that you know the law as it applies where you live.
Do you want to marry your same sex partner but don't know if same-sex marriages are legal where you live? Are you concerned that by marrying your partner either or both of you may lose certain rights of have your rights limited? It is important that you talk with an El Paso lawyer who can advise you on the current state of the same sex marraige laws in your area.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
An experienced lawyer should be able to communicate a basic "road map" on how to proceed. The lawyer should be able to walk you through the anticipated process, key considerations, and potential pitfalls to avoid. Once you've laid out the facts of your situation to the lawyer, he/she should be able to frame expectations and likely scenarios to help you understand your legal issue.
Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.
Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.
Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.
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