The legal landscape of America changed significantly in July 2015. The United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in a landmark decision. Prior to this, each individual state had determined this issue on the state governmental level. Many states had already started to legalize same-sex marriage, including Illinois. Other states did not or provided other options such as domestic partnerships. Fortunately, the country has now been directed by the highest of our courts toward a unified stance toward marriage equality.
Providing Experienced Same-Sex Family Law Representation
If you have entered into a same-sex marriage, and the relationship breaks down, you may be left wondering how to dissolve your marriage and defend your rights at the same time.
Throughout the country, parties dissolving a same-sex marriage are entitled to the same protections and benefits as parties dissolving a traditional marriage. Dissolution of a same-sex marriage can raise many issues, including:
- The division of property, including real estate, personal property, savings accounts and more.
- The allocation of debt must also be considered between the parties.
- Maintenance such as temporary or permanent spousal support or alimony payments.
- Child support, including determining monthly payments and other ongoing expenses.
- Child custody and other parenting and visitation time issues.
Same-sex divorce or other family law issues are handled under the exact same laws and statutes as any other family law issue. However, there are still difficulties that a same-sex family could face, as there are still ongoing hurdles despite the Supreme Court's decision. County and local governmental agencies could still refuse to recognize a same-sex marriage or cause other unnecessary difficulties. That is why it is so important to have a compassionate and dedicated legal advocate on your side, who can enforce the law, what is right and what is now your right in this country.
If you're going through a same-sex divorce in Illinois, we have an additional article to help: Same sex divorce in Illinois.
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If you are contemplating a same-sex divorce, call our attorneys today or contact us online. We provide legal counsel for all types of family law issues related to same-sex, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender couples. Our law firm has always believed in the equal treatment of every citizen no matter what his or her sexual orientation. Talk to one of our dedicated attorneys today.