Divorcing LGBT couples face many of the same issues that are present in any other divorce. However, with the still recent legalization of same-sex marriage, some issues can be complex when long-time couples only recently got married.

At Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law, we have a long history of working with and protecting the rights of same-sex couples. With over 35 years of experience, we will pursue your long-term interests in the complexities that can arise from property division disputes, child custody issues and more.

Assisting With A Wide Array Of Issues

We can assist same-sex couples with a wide array of issues related to their divorce, including:

  • Advocating for a fair property division settlement
  • Seeking custody of any children
  • Pursuing your interests in child support obligations
  • Seeking or challenging spousal maintenance or alimony

No divorce is the same, and unique issues can arise that are critical to your future well-being. We will get to know you and your priorities before determining a route to accomplishing them.

The Complications Of Determining Marital And Separate Property

Illinois follows equitable distribution guidelines in dividing the property of divorcing couples. Property must first be determined as marital or separate, before equitably splitting all marital property. Marital property is anything earned, acquired or accumulated throughout the marriage. Separate property is anything earned, gifted to or given to one spouse before, during or after the marriage.

However, the recent legalization of same-sex marriage across the country poses a distinct issue for LGBT divorces today. Many LGBT couples end up marrying much later in life, only due to the constraints of the law. We can advise on when traditionally separate property may be treated as marital.

Advising On Sensitive Child-Related Issues

Issues concerning children, including child custody and child support, can become some of the most disputed matters within a divorce. LGBT couples may face issues where both spouses have not undergone the official adoption or guardianship process for a child within their care. We can assist on advocating for your rights when this is an issue and help protecting your parent-child relationship.

Consult With A Knowledgeable Lawyer

LGBT divorces can involve distinct circumstances unlike other divorces. We can offer the knowledgeable representation you need. Schedule a complementary consultation at our Crystal Lake office. Call us at 815-261-4894 or send us an email.