J Thomas Black
Board Certified, Consumer Bankruptcy Law- Texas Board of Legal Specialization

In accordance with an announcement by the U.S. Attorney General in February 2014, our law firm recently filed a same-sex couple in a joint bankruptcy. They won't be identified to respect their privacy, but for them it means a significant savings in attorney fees and costs.

So long as a same-sex couple is married in a state where it is legal, they can now legally file a joint bankruptcy petition, even in Texas where same-sex marriage is not yet legally recognized.

This may not be the first such joint filing of a same-sex couple in the Houston area, the Southern District of Texas, we don't know. But it is the first for our law firm.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had announced in February that among other legal protections to same-sex married couples, the U.S. Justice Department will not oppose same-sex married couples filing bankruptcy together, in what is called a "joint filing." This can save same-sex couples from having to file two separate bankruptcy cases, requiring two separate filing fees and two separate attorney fees.

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