Miami-Dade Same-Sex Family Law Attorneys
Domestic Partnership Attorneys in Miami-Dade County
At Orshan Spann & Fernandez-Mesa, we provide legal representation to same sex couples throughout South Florida. Same-sex marriages are now valid in the state of Florida and throughout the United States. Therefore, if you were married in another state prior to nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, a Florida court should have the authority to dissolve your marriage.
On the other hand, some couples have resided together as intact couples for years and are now considering marriage. Others, both same and opposite sex couples, may desire to maintain their status as domestic partners and are desirous of entering into agreements to establish or clarify their rights and responsibilities to one another.
Same sex advocacy is something our attorneys feel very strongly about, and a lawyer from our firm will handle your case in a sensitive and effective manner to achieve optimal results for your specific situation. With a skilled Miami-Dade LGBT family law attorney representing you, you will have exceptional legal guidance and support until the matter is resolved.
What Are Common Issued Faced by LGBTQ+ Individuals in Family Law?
While there's no reason LGBTQ+ individuals should encounter additional barriers when navigating legal disputes, unfortunately, members of the LGBTQ+ community sometimes find themselves being discriminated against, even by legal professionals. Understanding issues you may face while navigating your own family law dispute can help you find the best outcome in your case. Common difficulties include:
Trouble dividing property equitably. Although gay marriage became legal nationwide in 2015, many LGBTQ+ couples have been in serious relationships for far longer. As a result, many couples may own property that would normally be considered community assets or liabilities had they been married for the entirety of their partnerships, but instead is considered separate property due to when gay marriage was legalized.
Issues adopting. Individuals in the LGBTQ+ community shouldn't face issues adopting from foster care facilities in the U.S., but things can become more complicated when they wish to adopt internationally. Some countries bar LGBTQ+ individuals from adopting at all, which can be a large barrier for prospective adoptive parents.
Custody concerns. Sometimes, LGBTQ+ individuals elect to have a child that shares biological parenthood with at least one partner, often through a method such as in vitro fertilization. However, as a result, the parent who doesn't share genes with the child may find themself in an awkward position during custody disputes if they aren't listed on the child's birth certificate as their parent.
Additionally, many LGBTQ+ individuals, unfortunately, experience discrimination within the courts. When you're seeking to protect your rights, having a lawyer you can rely on to advocate for your best interests is essential.
Protect Your Rights!
Make sure you receive what you are entitled to under the law. Orshan Spann & Fernandez-Mesa will vigorously promote your interests. Consult one of our Miami-Dade same sex divorce attorneys today. We will explain the process, discuss your options, and estimate your costs while seeking to avoid expensive litigation.
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