Respectful, Compassionate Divorce Guidance For Same-Sex Couples
Divorce is divorce is divorce. Mostly. However, if you are part of a same-sex couple divorcing in Florida there are certain considerations that may pertain to your relationship.
Attorney Darla K. Snead and the team at Darla K. Snead, P.L. Attorney at Law, have decades of experience in Florida divorce. They can help to ensure that your needs are heard and understood and that the process goes as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.
Understanding What’s Different In LGBT Property Division
You and your ex will need to divide your financial assets, physical property and debts in an equitable fashion. This can be done through negotiation and settlement, or at trial. What is unique to LGBT couples is that you were not allowed to legally marry before 2015 in Florida.
The effect of this is that you may have cohabitated and in every other way lived as a couple, but the law does not see the time before you were officially married as married time. This affects the way property is divided. Why? Because the property that was obtained before the marriage can be viewed as separate or individual, not marital property. In Florida, how this property is divided is left to the judge’s discretion.
Custody Issues And Same-Sex Divorce
Children are at the heart of every family. If you are going through a same-sex divorce and there are children to consider, it can be tricky. You and your partner may have decided to start a family before marriage equality became legal in Florida. You may have had issues adopting or with in-vitro fertilization. All of these matters can affect parental rights and work to complicate the process. Outcomes for divorcing Florida same-sex couples have varied widely. It is important to work with an attorney who understands both what is at stake and how Florida laws have been interpreted in this area of law.
Alimony/Spousal Support And Same-Sex Couples
Because same-sex couples were not allowed to legally marry in Florida until 2015, this affects the length of time a couple has been married. This will affect how alimony is determined. It’s best to seek the counsel of an established Florida divorce attorney to understand which factors will be taken into consideration in your specific case and how best to present your argument regarding what should be paid.
Get Your Divorce Process Started
If you are ready to discuss your case with Darla K. Snead, P.L. Attorney at Law, a top divorce attorney, call 863-869-0245. Our team is here to help you understand your rights and options and the developing a plan that suits your goals. You can also reach us by emailing your contact information and a brief summary of your issue directly to the firm.