Springfield Same-Sex Divorce Attorney
Regardless of your gender identity or your sexual orientation, getting a divorce is challenging. Divorce is a legally complex process, as well as one that can be emotional and logistically complicated, raising questions about where you’ll live, who will keep the house or the dog, what your future will look like, and more. For those who are in same-sex marriages, the prospect of a divorce may pose addiitional complications, depending on the circumstances. At the law office of Courtney & Mills, LLC, our Springfield same-sex divorce attorney is here to support you throughout the process and work hard to protect your interests.
Issues in a Divorce
In all divorces, same-sex and otherwise, there are a handful of issues that must be resolved before the divorce can be granted. These include:
- How property will be divided. In Missouri, property must be divided in a divorce in a manner that is equitable, but not necessarily equal. All marital property will be subject to division; separate property is kept separate.
- Where shared children will live. For parents, divorce is complicated by having to create a parenting plan that outlines the responsibilities and obligations of each parent in relation to shared children.
- Support awards. In many divorce cases, an award of child support, spousal support, or both is part of the divorce settlement.
Unique Issues in Same-Sex Divorce
Parties in a same-sex marriage who are getting a divorce will need to resolve all of the issues above, too. Depending on the circumstances of the couple, though, the divorce–and the resolution of the above issues–could be complicated.
Consider, for example, that an award of spousal maintenance will be dependent, in part, on the duration of the marriage. However, if the couple has been together for 30 years, but has only been married for a decade because of a prohibition on same-sex marriage, which timeline should the court consider in issuing an award? Similarly, if both parents are not the biological child of a parent, there may be confusion about the parental rights of the non-biological parent in the marriage, especially if a legal adoption was never pursued.
Why Choose Our Springfield Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers
When you work with our Springfield same-sex divorce attorneys at the office of Courtney & Mills, LLC, we will work hard to learn the ins and outs of your marriage and the challenges that you may face throughout the divorce process. We will be responsible for gathering evidence, handling your divorce documents, representing you during divorce settlement negotiations, and representing you in court during divorce litigation if necessary. We will be compassionate, empathetic, and dedicated throughout the process.
Call Our Springfield Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers Today
We know how complicated divorce is, and that being in a same-sex marriage could make the divorce process even more confusing. When you call our Springfield same-sex divorce lawyers, you can count on us to prioritize your interests and handle your case with the care and level of commitment you deserve. Please reach out to us by phone or online to get started.