At Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C., we have been handling same-sex divorces since New York legalized same-sex marriage, and we are proud to serve the state's LGBT community. Since it's only been a few years since New York's Marriage Equality Act was signed into law by Governor Cuomo, same-sex divorce is still in its infantile stages, but this sweeping change in matrimonial laws does not change the fact that you deserve to have the same legal protections afforded to heterosexual couples seeking a divorce.
Our same-sex divorce attorneys in New York City continuously stay abreast of the state's divorce laws; if you intend to obtain a same-sex divorce, we can ensure that your rights are fully protected, whether you anticipate an amicable or contested divorce. When it comes to protecting your best interests, trust a firm with more than 20 years' experience practicing matrimonial law to provide you with sophisticated and tailored legal representation. Contact us today and find out how our award-winning attorney may be able to help you get through the matter!
Under the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, there is no legal difference between divorce filings for heterosexual and same-sex couples. In order to obtain a divorce, you must be able to show that you or your spouse has lived in the state of New York for a continuous period of at least one year. You must also present a legally acceptable reason to divorce.
Common grounds for filing divorce include the following:
The legal procedures of a same-sex divorce are generally the same as a heterosexual divorce. Spouses will have to negotiate on the terms of their divorce and have court-sanctioned approval of the settlement. Spouses involved in a same-sex divorce may encounter as many disputes as other spouses would.
Same-sex divorcing couples will have to decide on the following:
We encourage our clients to collaborate with their spouses to reach a workable divorce settlement; however, if a divorce becomes contested and the spouses cannot reach an agreement, our NYC divorce lawyer is prepared to fight for our client and protect their best interests in divorce court litigation.
At Peter L. Cedeño & Associates, P.C., we are well-aware of the unique issues faced by same-sex couples, and we are here to help. Many of our clients have adopted children, or have biological children through a surrogate. Our New York City divorce lawyer understands the subtle nuances and unique challenges faced by gay and lesbian couples and embraces the opportunity to represent clients through same-sex divorce.
Discuss your divorce situation with us. Schedule a consultation today and take the first step in securing your future!