New Ruling on Same-Sex "Informal Marriage"

Sandoval & Waldman, LLP announces that on Friday, June 26, 2015, The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division (Hon. Marcia Crone), following the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, ___ U.S. ___ (No. 14-556, June 26, 2015), expanded the scope of same-sex marriage in Texas to include Informal Marriage, historically called "common law marriage."
 
The Court granted our client, Rhonda Renee Hogan, leave to assert a wrongful death claim as the surviving spouse of April Dawn Ranolls, in Shirley Ranolls, Individually and as Representative of the Estate of April Dawn Ranolls vs. Adam Dewling, Tankstar USA, Inc., Rogers Cartage Co., and Bulk Logistics, Inc., Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-111.
 
We argued on behalf of Ms. Hogan that she and Ms. Ranolls were, prior to the tragic death of Ms. Ranolls in a trucking accident, parties to an "Informal Marriage," as that relationship is defined by Section 2.401, Texas Family Code.
 
That provision of the Family Code limited "Informal Marriage" to a relationship between a man and a woman. However, we argued that, as with all other state marriage laws, this statute was modified by the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as interpreted by the Supreme Court in Obergefell.
 
Sandoval & Waldman, LLP, is proud to represent Rhonda Renee Hogan, and to join in representing the interests of same-sex couples in the State of Texas.