Connecticut allows same-sex marriage. However, divorce among gay and lesbian couples can still have unique issues, particularly if the couple has an adopted child or a child who is the biological child of one of the spouses.
At The Hamzy Law Firm, LLC, in Bristol, our lawyers handle issues such as same-sex divorce. We also handle same-sex adoptions and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements.
SAME-SEX DIVORCE IN CONNECTICUT
Same-sex marriage provides marital property rights, which include the right to an equitable division of marital debts and assets if the union ends. The division of marital assets and potential for alimony work the same for gay and lesbian couples as they do for heterosexual partners who divorce. To prevent disputes, gay and lesbian couples may want to spell out their rights and obligations with regard to marital property and support in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
If you and your partner had a civil union before the same-sex marriage law went into effect, your union is now recognized as a marriage in Connecticut. However, there still is uncertainty in the courts as to what happens if your relationship ends.
Many same-sex couples choose to adopt. In some cases, one partner may be the biological parent of a child and the other partner may become the adoptive parent. If you are concerned about your parental rights as a nonbiological parent in the event of a divorce, you should contact our lawyers for advice.
Same-Sex Divorce Attorneys Serving Litchfield and Hartford County
For more information or to speak to an experienced Bristol same-sex marriage and divorce attorney, please contact us online or by phone at 860-589-6525 to schedule an appointment.