The Unique Divorce Issues Facing LGBTQ+ Couples
Every couple who breaks up experiences emotional upset, anxiety about the future and strong feelings about who should keep what. When children are part of a relationship, there may be very valid reasons for one parent to want a specific parenting plan.
At Taege Law Offices, we are family law attorneys who understand divorce and what it takes to come to a successful resolution. As experienced attorneys who build relationships with our clients, we also understand you need honest and reliable advising.
Issues Illinois LGBTQ+ Couples Must Resolve In Divorce
In any divorce, there are many issues to unravel and resolve. These include the marital finances, any abuse, neglect or manipulation dynamics, mental health issues and addiction. Couples also must contend with the emotional fallout that comes with the breakdown and loss of an intimate, primary relationship.
Because same-sex marriages were not legal until 2013, even though a couple may have been exclusive and living together for years before the marriage, those years do not “count” as years married. Many of the assets that were shared may be assessed as individual assets, not marital assets. The number of years a couple has been married also affects:
- Alimony payments
- How retirement funds and pensions are allocated
- How military, Social Security and governmental employee benefits are divided
- Who pays how much of the couple’s state and federal taxes
- How debts are divided
A prenuptial agreement will also affect the division of assets. Additionally, LGBTQ+ parents may have issues regarding paternity and adoption. These can affect parental responsibilities and parenting time. When choosing representation for same-sex family issues or divorce, it is in your best interest to work with an attorney who understands the issues and laws germane to LGBTQ+ couples.
Get Help From The Proven Chicago Divorce Team
The experienced divorce attorneys at Taege Law Offices are here to help families with diverse needs. Meet with our team to find out which steps to take next. We offer a free, fully confidential initial consultation at our conveniently located downtown Chicago office or virtually. We represent clients throughout the greater Chicago area. Call us at 312-667-7706 to get started.