Same-Sex Marriage Legal Issues in Rolling Meadows
The marriage equality movement has been on the rise across this country with the federal government now permitting same-sex couples to marry. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional (Obergefell v. Hodges). As same-sex marriage becomes more and more accepted, consider the legal issues as a result of your pending marriage and whether you need the aid of an Illinois family lawyer.
Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois
Previously, in 2014, Gov. Pat Quinn's bill allowing same-sex partners to legally marry in Illinois became official. Same-sex partners who married on or after June 1, 2014, were given access to the same rights opposite-sex partners enjoy including hospital visitation rights and spousal recognition in child custody cases. Legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois affected thousands of couples. According to the most recent U.S. Census data, more than 23,000 same-sex couples live in Illinois. Now all states in the U.S. can benefit from the legalization of same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples have many considerations when they marry and may need the assistance of an experienced Illinois family lawyer.
Though couples do not like to think in this manner, there is a possibility for any couple to encounter legal matters like divorce, child custody, and support issues. Some of these family law matters include:
- Child custody and child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Legal separation
- Division of assets and debts
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Property division
- Parental relocations
Complications for Same-Sex Couples
Although every U.S. state must recognize same-sex marriages, there are still difficulties couples can face. For example, since marriage law changes are so recent, many gay and lesbian couples find themselves getting married later in life compared to their heterosexual peers. This means couples bring together more non-marital property into the marriage. Our law firm can assist you in co-mingling assets or setting up prenuptial or postnuptial agreements should your same-sex marriage, unfortunately, end in divorce.
Rolling Meadows Family Law Attorney for Same-Sex Couples
Complicated family law problems require an experienced Illinois family law attorney. The Law Office of Nicholas W. Richardson, P.C., serves clients in Palatine, Schaumburg, Inverness, Chicago, Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Glenview, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Streamwood, Libertyville, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling and others throughout Cook County, DuPage County, McHenry County and Kane County.
Nicholas W. Richardson offers straightforward, honest legal advice and has more than a decade of experience handling complicated family law matters. Do not wait for the help you and your family need. Contact his firm today for your free initial consultation. Call his office today at 847.873.6741.