After many years of protests and exhaustive political efforts, same sex couples have finally achieved the right to be married in most states in the United States. This means that they also have increased rights when it comes to wills and estates, adoption and family planning, and benefits. It also means that for the first time, same sex couples are confronted with the struggles of divorce.
With all of the technology available in medical sciences, same sex couples have more options for starting a family than ever before. Now with the legalization of same sex marriage and partnerships, it is also easier than ever for couples to adopt. When it comes to planning a family for same sex couples, an experienced family law attorney can be helpful in drafting and executing the documents and plans that protect all parties. They can also be very valuable in expediting adoption proceedings.
Unfortunately, same sex couples are not immune to the struggles and challenges that all couples face. They greatly contribute to the disheartening statistics about the state of marriages and divorce in the United States. If you you are involved in a same sex marriage or legal partnership and considering a divorce or separation, an attorney can consult with you to review your rights. They can also counsel you on a variety of divorce and separation related topics like property division, child custody, and alimony.
Family law attorneys can be an invaluable resource for same sex couples throughout the lifespan of their relationship. Common reasons that you will want an attorney on retainer as a same sex couple include:
- Prenuptial agreements
- Surrogacy contracts and agreements
- Legal separations and divorce
- Child support and enforcement
- Division of assets and estates
- Division of marital property
- Child custody
Families’ face a wide variety challenges and opportunities in life. Same sex couples are not immune to those challenges in their pursuit of happiness. In fact, they have had many more struggles just to achieve the rights they now have to be considered a real couple and family in the eyes of the law. However, you do not have to be alone in those challenges. An experienced family law attorney is the key to navigating the challenging waters that marriage, partnership, and life as a family will present. They can be there to protect you and your family throughout the ups and downs of your family’s life to ensure that all of your rights are enforced in the way that you deserve.