Same-Sex Divorce Is The Same As Any Divorce — Mostly

Before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015, gay couples faced difficulties in getting married — and even more difficulties in getting divorced. The restrictions in place that prevented same-sex divorce have largely dissipated. Nevertheless, a number of obstacles remain, and it is important to retain a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that proceedings progress smoothly.

Serving couples in Rockville and throughout the region for more than 35 years, I have a thorough understanding of family law and how to help same-sex couples navigate around the most common pitfalls in divorce considerations. A divorce will be trying for anyone involved; my aim is to ensure it does not become unnecessarily so.

What Are The Rights Of Non-Biological Parents?

By and large, Maryland's divorce laws pertain equally to everybody. There are certain residency requirements, compulsory separation periods for no-fault divorces, and high barriers to establishing grounds in fault-based divorces. Such regulations are the same across the board.

Yet when children are involved, same-sex divorce can become especially complicated. Issues of biological connection come into play. Namely, nonbiological parents are at risk of losing their custody and visitation rights, even if they have played a substantial role in a child's upbringing. This can affect the child's emotional welfare and also play a part in how support payments are decided. In such situations, it is important for individuals to have a lawyer who will protect their rights in court.

Protecting Your Most Important Interests

Drawing on my experience, I work with same-sex couples to resolve all divorce considerations — be it the division of assets, or child visitation rights — as swiftly and amicably as the situation allows.

To learn more about how I can be of service, reach out to my office by calling 301-284-8790, or arrange a consultation online.