Most issues in same-sex divorces are the same or very similar to those in heterosexual divorces. Marital property must be divided, including awards of assets and assignments of debts. Child custody and visitation rights involving shared children must be resolved. Before same-sex couples can fully untangle their lives, they must first untie the legal knots that bind them together.
At Cullen & Murphy, we believe in our clients and support them in their choices. From our office in Riverside, California, we provide support, advice and legal representation to same-sex couples (comprising gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals) in legal matters related to the end of a relationship. We have a second law office location in Temecula.
If you are considering or have been served with divorce papers, we can guide you through all stages of the process of marital dissolution. We also assist clients who are in the process of dissolving domestic partnerships.
What’s Different About A Same-Sex Divorce? | Same-Sex Property Division, Spousal Support And Child Custody
With the exception of some tax implications, same-sex divorce is the same as divorce between heterosexual spouses. Divorcing same-sex individuals have the same rights to marital property, responsibilities toward marital debts, rights to and obligations toward biological or adopted children, and potential eligibility to spousal support as do divorcing heterosexual individuals. Thanks to recent changes to federal law, even Social Security benefits, military pensions and other government benefits programs are handled identically in same-sex and heterosexual divorces.
The real “difference” is not in the application of law to your divorce matter; instead, the difference is in how the LGBT client is treated within the legal setting. If you are in a same-sex marriage and are considering divorce, it is important that you retain an attorney who is experienced in California divorce law, but who is also familiar with the nuances of LGBT life. Our law firm is at the forefront of same-sex family law, and many of our clients are proud members of the LGBT community. We employ same-sex married staff and consider it part of our mission to provide the same high quality of divorce representation to all of our clients.
If you seek a divorce attorney who will play fair in negotiations and court, will work to foster mutual agreements when possible, and understands who you are and where you come from, Cullen & Murphy is here to assist you.
To discuss your options for same-sex divorce or domestic partnership dissolution with an experienced attorney, contact us online or call 951-824-6449. We represent clients in throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.