Montgomery County Same Sex Family Law Attorney
LGBT Family Law
In recent years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community has made considerable progress on the issue of marriage equality, resulting in considerable changes to the legal landscape. Attorney Sheryl R. Rentz always stays on top of the newest developments in Pennsylvania family law. Along with her excellent legal staff, she helps clients in unique circumstances get a grasp on the complex family law process. If you are seeking an attorney who has experience working with the LGBT community, please call the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz today at (866) 290-9292.
Your family law issue does not have to result in prolonged and costly litigation. Let us help you resolve your case in an efficient manner so you can move on with your life. We are a highly reputable law firm that values honesty and close communication. As long as you are our client, you will never be left in the dark.
Same-Sex Couple Family Law Issues in Pennsylvania
On May 20, 2014, a U.S. federal district court judge repealed the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, making it legal. This was a huge step forward for same-sex couples in Pennsylvania, especially since civil unions or domestic partnerships had never been recognized by the state. Since then, new issues have arisen regarding the administration of family law in cases involving same-sex couples. The problem is only heterosexual couples were considered when family law statutes and procedures were originally conceived. Until legislators work to incorporate clear-cut guidelines for same-sex couples in family law, these cases will remain very complex affairs that require the involvement of highly skilled and knowledgeable attorneys.
What Are Legal Rights for Same-Sex Couples?
Now that same-sex couples have marriage rights, they have access to much of the same benefits and are subjected to many of the same procedures as straight couples, albeit with some minor but significant differences.
Cohabitation agreements may be made null by marriage, so it is highly recommended that same-sex couples draw up prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, especially if one or both spouses have significant assets or financial obligations. They should also renew their estate plan to reflect their newly acquired marriage status.
As for same-sex parentage proceedings, either one or both parents may establish parentage over a child by adhering to the rules applicable to traditional paternity suits, whether the child is the biological offspring of one of the spouses or has been adopted. Same-sex couples looking to start a family should consult with a lawyer who can help them look into options, such as assisted reproduction and adoption.
Resolving Complex Same-Sex Family Law Issues in Pennsylvania
Since same-sex marriage has only recently been legalized in Pennsylvania, there may not be many attorneys working in the state that have the necessary knowledge to handle family law issues specific to same-sex couples. Fortunately, the legal team at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz has experience in these matters and can help you and your spouse resolve your disputes with efficiency. To learn more about your rights and options, speak with a Montgomery County family law lawyer today. Call (866) 290-9292.