Same-Sex Marriage Lawyer

Same-Sex Marriage Lawyer

While New York is arguably a more progressive state than many, the laws governing same-sex marriage and same-sex divorce are still evolving. New York State passed the Marriage Equality Act in 2011, but it took the U.S. Supreme Court another four years to legalize same sex marriage nationally. That’s why it is so important to choose a lawyer who is well-versed in the unique challenges facing members of the LGBTQ community. An experienced same-sex marriage lawyer is the best resource for handling any legal challenges you may encounter over the course of your marriage.

Same-Sex Family Law Services

Our LGBT clients experience many of the same dilemmas as heterosexual couples, but same-sex couples face many additional legal obstacles. Here’s how we can help:

  • Marriage and Divorce: Marriage and divorce documents for same-sex couples are very similar to those required for heterosexual couples. However, there may be instances requiring additional legal assistance, particularly when a contested divorce is involved. David Carr & Associates provides mediation services to help you and your partner come to a mutually agreeable resolution for property division and spousal support disputes. If the issues cannot be resolved through mediation, we will represent you in court to help obtain your desired outcome.
  • Childcare and Custody: Many people in same-sex marriages find themselves wanting to adopt their partner’s child from a previous marriage. Likewise, one parent may have adopted a child or was artificially inseminated prior to the current marriage, but the other parent wants to protect his/her relationship with the child post-divorce. We provide legal help for many different types of child custody situations, and will also help you navigate parental visitation, child support payments, and other issues. We understand that there are many unique challenges that same-sex couples face when it comes to adoption and custody rights, and will help find the best solution for everyone involved. We also fight to protect our same-sex clients and their families from any discrimination they may face in court.
  • Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements: Much like a heterosexual couple, LGBTQ couples can benefit from signing an agreement that protects you both in the event of a divorce. These agreements specify which items are personal property and which are shared marital property, and also settle any potential disputes regarding marital support and child support. These agreements are particularly helpful for same-sex couples where one partner supports the other partner financially.

Why Experience Matters

Same-Sex Marriage Attorney

You may wonder why it’s so important to have a same-sex marriage attorney with extensive experience representing the LGBTQ clients. When your family is facing the emotional trauma of same-sex divorce or a custody battle, you must have legal counsel by your side that you can trust. We handle confidential or time sensitive information with the utmost confidence because we understand how even the smallest detail can impact your case. This is particularly important for transgender, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals, as the general public’s perception of gender fluidity is evolving. You want to feel confident that your attorney is on your side and will respect you, both in the courtroom and out of it. A positive attorney-client relationship can help you navigate any legal issue without adding unnecessary stress to the situation.

At David Carr & Associates, we are proud to be the LGBT lawyers NYC residents and Western New Yorkers rely on for family law services. Our caring and knowledgeable team helps you navigate legal issues with ease, so you can obtain the most desirable outcome for your family. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and speak with one of our LGBTQ family law attorneys.

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