California Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers
Same-sex couples in California have had the right to marry since 2013, two years before the 2015 US Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges granted the right to marry to same-sex couples across the nation. Just like any married couple, those with the right to marry may eventually have the need to divorce. Same-sex couples seeking to divorce need the help of an attorney who understands the unique needs and challenges faced by gay and lesbian couples and who will provide superior legal guidance at every step of the way. If you’re a member of a same-sex couple and want help with your divorce, contact the experienced and compassionate LGBT divorce lawyers at Blasser Law for a consultation.
What should same-sex couples know about divorce in California?
Married same-sex couples in California are entitled to the same rights and responsibilities when they divorce as are heterosexual couples. That said, divorce for same-sex couples may be more complicated and nuanced than it is for heterosexual couples, due in part to the legal gray area inhabited by gay and lesbian couples prior to 2013. Same-sex couples will still need to determine whether one spouse is entitled to alimony or spousal support, how custody will be shared, and how marital property will be divided. However, some couples may have spent decades living together prior to receiving the right to marry, forcing courts to consider how property acquired during those unmarried years should be treated in a divorce.
Divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotionally-draining events of your lifetime. You deserve to know that you have an attorney who understands the bias and judgment that the LGBTQ community still faces—even in California—and who is eager to offer you the dedicated and knowledgeable legal support you deserve. The San Gabriel Valley family law attorneys at Blasser Law have the experience and commitment you deserve from your divorce lawyer. Contact our Claremont offices to discuss your same-sex divorce.
Custody disputes in same-sex divorces
Same-sex couples with children often face challenging disputes over child custody. If the couple cannot agree on how to divide custody of a child, then a family court judge will be forced to make a determination on how parenting rights and responsibilities will be shared. This determination will involve evidence such as whether one of the spouses is a biological parent to the child, whether one parent has provided a greater share of childcare, and whether one parent took time off work to stay home with the child. The complexity of these decisions makes it critical to hire an attorney who will advocate aggressively for your rights as an LGBTQ parent in a divorce.
Dedicated Claremont Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers
For compassionate, knowledgeable, and professional legal help with a California same-sex divorce, contact the Claremont same-sex divorce lawyers at Blasser Law at 877-927-2181.