Legal Assistance for Gay and Lesbian Pre-nuptial Agreements, Post-Nuptial Agreements, and Divorce
As of July 24, 2011, the State of New York became the sixth state in the country to allow marriage between same sex couples. Unfortunately not all marriages last forever, whether gay or straight, and with the right to marry, comes the right to divorce. Until the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") the dissolution of a same-sex marriage is more complex than heterosexual marriage, especially if there are children or assets involved.
Although the steps to divorce are the same legally as a heterosexual marriage, there are important tax considerations when choosing to enter into or dissolve a same sex marriage. Instead of marriage, the couple may choose to enter into a cohabitation agreement instead.
At Greenberg Bryant & Bleier, LLP, our legal team understands the nuances that are associated with relationship exit strategies of this nature and possess the sophisticated and sensitive perspective that is required to get clients onto the next phase of their lives as seamlessly and successfully as possible.
Should you choose to work with a lawyer from our firm, you will be able to rest easy knowing that you will have an experienced advocate on your side who understands the nuances of marriage and divorce, as well as adoption and custody issues. We recognize how different the divorce process is for a same-sex couple and we are fully committed to ensuring that our clients are supported throughout the entire process. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible - no matter whether you are considering a prenuptial agreement, post-nuptial agreement, if you are currently considering filing for divorce, or if you have already been served with a Summons for divorce, and/or a Temporary Order of Protection. We can help you navigate through this very emotional process.