Representing Same-Sex Couples In Family Legal Matters
On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal. Same-sex couples across all 50 states can now marry, and these individuals now have equal protection and benefits.
At the Law Office of Dawn M. Green, we possess a thorough knowledge of the new laws coupled with experience in divorce proceedings, adoption processes and other family law matters.
If you are seeking legal representation and want to work with an attorney who has significant experience handling same-sex law cases, please call us at +1-443-440-5871.
Same-Sex Divorce Cases
Whether you and your spouse have been married for a long time, or whether you recently got married and are considering separation or divorce. Each divorce case is different and there are many factors to consider. We can help protect your personal and financial interests when going through a divorce in Maryland.
Property Division In Same-Sex Marriages
Maryland is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that property and debts are divided fairly — but not necessarily equally — when a couple divorces.
We can help you divide all types of property, including:
- Family home
- Other real estate
- Bank accounts
- Retirement accounts
- Property owned jointly
Child Custody Issues For Same-Sex Couples
The law requires the application of what is in the child’s best interest.
A wide variety of factors are considered when determining what is in the child’s best interest:
- The parents’ willingness to share child custody
- The relationship of each parent with the child
- How the child will be impacted socially and educationally
- The work-related demands of each parent
- The preferences of the child (provided the child is of an appropriate age)
- And much more
Alimony In Same-Sex Marriages
As part of a same-sex divorce, a financially dependent spouse can seek alimony. Generally, alimony is a factor in divorce cases in which:
- One spouse earned significantly more money than the other
- One spouse stayed at home to take care of children
- One spouse sacrificed education opportunities for the benefit of the household
It is important to know that there are several factors that determine whether alimony will be a factor in your divorce. An attorney can help you prepare for your financial life after your divorce.
Adoption For Same-Sex Couples
Same-sex couples can jointly petition to adopt a child. A spouse married to the biological parent of a child can pursue adoption as well. Partners can also purse adoption when a child is conceived via assisted reproduction (surrogacy or sperm donation).
Call For An Appointment With An Annapolis Same-Sex Law Attorney
We can help with all of the legal issues involving the end of a marriage. Contact our Annapolis same-sex law attorneys online, or call +1-443-440-5871 to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.