On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Going through a divorce is not easy for anyone. The last thing that any couple imagines when they get married is that they will end up separating. However, you may be wondering if there are any special considerations when it comes to same-sex couples who are going through a divorce. Today, we want to take some time to discuss this issue.
At The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., we are dedicated to helping people who are going through the divorce process. We want to ensure that you are being treated fairly throughout the entire process. When you need a lawyer, call us today.
Is Anything Different?
Same-sex marriage was legalized federally in 2015. That means that we have not had as much time dealing with same-sex divorce cases as we have had for traditional marriages. However, what you will find is that the processes are pretty much the same. That does not mean it will be easy. Divorces are rarely easy.
For uncontested same-sex divorces, the process can be completed rather quickly. However, contested divorces can become much more complicated.
What About Alimony And Child Support?
The same rules apply to same-sex divorces for alimony and child support as they do with heterosexual couples going through a divorce.
When it comes to alimony, however, this can become rather tricky. Alimony is usually based on how long a couple has been married. Since same-sex marriage was just legalized, it can be complicated when it comes to calculating how long a couple has been together. Imagine the following scenarios:
- A couple has lived together for 20 years as if they were married, but were not officially married until it was legalized in 2015.
- A couple was legally married in another state where same-sex marriage was legal but moved to Florida before or after it was legalized.
As you can see, the issue of alimony can become complicated. A Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer will be able to walk you through this as well as other separation issues like:
- Child support
- Child custody
- Visitation rights
- Distribution of assets
A divorce cannot be completed until all of these issues and more are resolved between the two parties. In many cases, mediation may help a couple get through this in lieu of going to court. In other cases, a trial may be necessary.
What We Can Do For You
Now that you know a little more about same-sex couples and divorce, we want you to know that we are here for you regardless of who you are or what your divorce needs happen to be. At The Law Office Of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A., our goal is to ensure that you are treated fairly during the divorce process and reach an equitable settlement. Our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to help with all of the issues we mentioned above, so call us when you need a Fort Lauderdale divorce attorney. You can contact us by clicking here or calling 954-297-6546 for a free consultation.