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Same-Sex Divorce: Considerations You Need to Know

In 2015, the laws changed for anybody in a same-sex marriage, as the U.S. Supreme Court made a major decision in Obergfell v. Hodges. Thus, same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide to have their marriages officially recognized by the states. Prior, problems were created, as those in same-sex marriages could be denied a divorce if they resided in a state that didn’t recognize a same-sex marriage. However, with the Supreme Court decision being made, now states would recognize valid marriages that were performed in other states.

Same-sex couples worked for years to have the same rights as other couples seeking a marriage or divorce. With marriage equality, you would also hope that there is divorce equality, and this may be true – though the laws are still fresh and time will tell how it all plays out.

For Those in Domestic Partnerships

Because at one point same-sex couples were not permitted to marry, many of them in states that permitted it would have received a domestic partnership or civil unions. In the states that accept these partnerships, they are considered to be the same as marriages in legal terms. However, in states where domestic partnerships were never accepted, same-sex couples have found that it is difficult to receive a divorce in these situations. Luckily, these matters being handled at a federal level assure those in same-sex relationships that they will receive results on the same level as anybody who has entered into some type of marital situation. For example, if you were legally married in your state, the divorce may come easy. If you were in a domestic partnership, you may need to establish residency in the state where the union was performed before you are able to walk away from the marriage.

No matter what type of marriage or relationship you were involved in, it is important to understand your finances, custody matters, and more when you are looking to dissolve your marriage or union. Luckily, we are here for you. There are many considerations to be made in a variety of relationships and we can help you answer the big questions. Call us today for more information.

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Customer Reviews

Adrianne Fernandez 3/11/2021

Beyond impressed! I had been self represented through years of family law and child support court hearings and was so hesitant to hire an attorney out of fear and trusting that they would appropriately represent myself and child. After tons of research I contacted Ms. Azizi. I immediately was greeted by Lorenzo, the Office Administrator, who made me feel so welcomed and comfortable. He assisted in making communication seamless and effortless and walked me through each step of the process. Ms. Azizi heard my concerns and was extremely sensitive to the matter of FAMILY. The team did an amazing job with discovery and building a strong case that gave me confidence and I was successful in coming to an agreement with the other party, in what has yet to have been the easiest hearing of all, thanks to them. Ms. Azizi settled my case after years of stress and agony. I am grateful for finding the team and Ms. Azizi and definitely recommend them for any of your legal needs!

Linda P 6/19/2020

This law firm is the best! They have helped me so much with my Divorce and Criminal cases and I really wouldn't know what to do if I didn't have them to represent me. Lorenzo and Ro are awesome and are there to help at all times. My attorney was Mr.Edmondson and he has been amazing. This law firm is truly great and I will never go to any other one. Their responses are quick and will answer any questions you might have.

Diana H. 05/01/2021

Seven stars. I had planned to put up my reviews after my final judgment but after the first hearing, couldn't wait, and I would write this whatever the outcome of my difficult case. Soheila was simply amazing in her arguments and strategy before the judge. I felt so taken care of. I chose her for her near-30 years of experience as an attorney, the depth and strength I observed in one who had weathered hardship through her many accomplishments, her compassion, and her smarts. I can't imagine what other attorney would have Zoomed with me even in sickness to help prepare me for a legal session. And I later saw how keen she'd been in her advice. I've been deeply touched watching Soheila and her paralegal Lynda Walker fight for my child as if he were their own. They in particular have treated me with great humanity - day and night from what I experienced at my former attorney's. Lynda is a gem, on her toes, flexible, hard-working, committed to each client, humble, and sweet. She has slaved over my case, doing much of the writing, watchful of me on paper and in person, guiding me gently while encouraging me to use my voice. The staff, including the office administrator Lorenzo and Linda C, is caring, respectful, and conscientious. A band of angels.