Same-Sex Family Law

Riverside & Temecula LGBT Family Law Lawyers

As the mainstream understanding of the word "family" continues to evolve, people in the LGBT community are finally being recognized as having civil rights that heterosexuals have long taken for granted.

Despite recent notable controversies, LGBT people can now be legally married in California, can adopt children together (or have them biologically through artificial insemination or with the aid of a surrogate) and can enjoy rich family lives without fear of legal sanction.

At The Law Office of Heather Cullen in Riverside, California, we support our LGBT clients in their decisions to form unions, start families and exercise their full civil rights under the U.S. Constitution. Just as fully, we support them when they face family legal problems that must be resolved.

Our attorneys represent gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual clients in their important family law matters, providing legal counsel, helpful advice and staunch advocacy of their rights. We have a second law office location conveniently in Temecula.

Resolving LGBT Divorce, Same-Sex Custody and Other Family Legal Issues

If you are LGBT and have a family legal issue to resolve, we can help you. Issues we assist our clients with include:

  • Gay and lesbian divorce
  • Child custody and parenting time
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Retirement account and benefit division
  • Modifications of child custody and support
  • Enforcement of orders
  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Surrogate agreements between same-sex spouses
  • Domestic violence orders for protection

We also assist clients in drafting agreements, including marital agreements, prenuptial agreements and domestic partnership agreements.

Negotiation When Possible, Litigation When Necessary

Our Riverside LGBT family law lawyers are persuasive negotiators and tenacious litigators. Whenever it is beneficial to our clients, we help them negotiate terms and agreements that meet their needs and defend their interests. Frequently, taking this route saves clients time, money and emotional distress thereby enabling parties to interact civilly. This is good for our clients as well as for the well-being of any children involved in the family issues.

In situations wherein a settlement cannot be reached, or is disadvantageous to our client, we pursue our clients' rights to the fullest in a court of law.

To learn more about our approach to LGBT family law and how we can help you, contact The Law Office of Heather Cullen, A Professional Corporation. You may reach us online or by calling (951) 824-6449. We represent clients in Riverside and San Bernardino County.