Family Law And LGBT Issues

In California, a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered marriage is entitled to all of the rights, protections and responsibilities made available to any other type of partnership. If you are thinking about taking the next step and entering into marriage, you may be excited and somewhat nervous about the process. You will now be making decisions together about your home, your jobs and how you will plan your future together. On the other hand, if you are moving to divorce your spouse, you still have protections under the law.

The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson can provide you with advice about the rights that are available to you. When you work with us, you can rest assured knowing your case is in capable hands.

Take The Next Step With Our Help

When contemplating dissolving your marriage, a number of concerns could arise. These might include paying spousal support, paying child care and how best to divide shared assets. It may be daunting to try to understand all of the legal processes behind an LGBT divorce. Our firm can help ease some of this burden. California is a "no-fault" state, meaning that it is not necessary to provide evidence that either partner has committed something wrong while married. This takes away some of the pressure when petitioning for the divorce.

Some of the issues we can assist with in LGBT cases include:

  • Taxes
  • Property
  • Child custody and child support
  • Adoption

Additionally, you may have questions about how to plan the beginning stages of LGBT marriage, including the requirements needed to file a license, and what federal benefits you may be qualified for. We can also discuss how all of these benefits may be affected should you or your partner decide that you may need to end the marriage.

Get Help From Our Experienced Family Lawyers

The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson has provided legal counsel and support on numerous family law cases. We believe in handling your divorce or marriage compassionately and professionally, with well-researched support so that a favorable settlement can be achieved.

We look forward to hearing from you. Contact an Orange County divorce lawyer today to schedule your free consultation with our team.