Same-Sex Family Law Lawyer In Delaware County
LGBTQ+ Rights in Delaware
LQBTQ+ rights in Delaware County have improved significantly in recent years, with the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2014 and the U.S Supreme Court’s ruling in 2020 that the ban on “sex discrimination” covers discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
However, in many family law areas, legislation drafted when only heterosexual couples could marry remains, requiring a skilled lawyer to argue for an LGBTQ+-friendly interpretation to this legislation. The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. have extensive experience assisting with a range of LQBTQ+ family law matters and remain up to date with all legislative changes in this area. Call us today at (610) 645-0100.
The Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C can assist same-sex couples with a variety of family law matters, including:
Same-sex couples in Delaware County have the same legal rights to adopt a child as heterosexual couples. However, if you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against or prejudicially treated at any stage of your adoption journey, our team can ensure your rights are upheld. A properly executed and thorough adoption agreement is crucial to prevent significant issues from arising later down the line.
A premarital or prenuptial agreement is a legal contract parties enter into prior to marriage, detailing who is entitled to which assets if the marriage ends. Non-married couples may also enter a pre cohabitation agreement. We help draft these agreements to provide financial security and prevent lengthy disputes between couples. We are also familiar with the effect of recent laws regarding same-sex couples who live together.
To legally divorce, certain documentation must be filed, and specified grounds met, depending on whether the “at-fault” or “no-fault” process applies. We can assist you through the legal divorce process, taking the time to understand the particular dynamics of your relationship to provide you with the support you require.
Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
We can help parties arrive at custody arrangements for their children after a separation, whether through mediation, negotiation, or a court hearing.
The court’s starting point is that it is in the child’s best interest to have both parents involved in the child’s upbringing. However, for same-sex parents, a number of additional considerations may apply depending on the biological and legal relationship each parent has to the child.
Whilst both parents generally have an obligation to provide financial support to their child after divorce, these obligations can similarly be affected by the legal and biological relationship that each parent has with the child. As the applicable legislation in this area does not recognize these complexities, having a lawyer advocate for a favorable interpretation can be crucial.
Why Choose the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C.
With more than 25 years’ experience in family law, Attorney Sheryl R. Rentz and her team have the knowledge, experience, and passion to help you with any of your family law needs in Delaware County. Attorney Sheryl R. Rentz is a skilled negotiator and litigator, who will advocate for your best interests and for legislation to be interpreted favorably for LGBTQ+ rights.
Look no further than the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz P.C for compassionate and outstanding representation for any of your LGBTQ+ family law matters in Delaware County. Call us today for a free consultation at (610) 645-0100.