Same-Sex Marriage Issues

In 2013, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same-sex marriage. Under the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, same-sex couples gained important rights such as filing joint tax returns, not having to testify against a spouse and treatment as spouses in regard to insurance, veterans and pension benefits.

Johnson & Johnson, Attorneys at Law, has always believed that every family deserves quality legal representation in divorce and family law issues. Our attorneys stand up for the rights of LGBT clients in Belleville and throughout the surrounding Illinois communities.

Issues Involving Children

Married parents are presumed to be legal parents of children born into the marriage. Nonetheless, the nonbiological parent may wish to perform a second parent adoption to secure his or her parental rights. We can advise you on these issues and guide you through all aspects of the adoption process.

Same-sex parents have all the rights and responsibilities of anyone when it comes to the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody) and parenting time (visitation). If you are facing divorce and have concerns about the role you will continue to play in your child's life, our lawyers are here for you.

Other Issues Facing Same-Sex Couples

Because marriage equality is only a recent development, many LGBT couples married later in life than their peers. For this reason, many are entering into marriage with significant assets. For some, this may increase the need for prenuptial agreements. It can also complicate property division proceedings if the marriage should end in divorce. Rest assured, our attorneys can provide you with the legal guidance you need for any divorce or family law issue in Illinois.

Contact Us For The Legal Guidance You Need

Our lawyers are committed to resolving same-sex marriage issues in the most favorable and cost-efficient manner possible. To learn how we can help you, please contact us by telephone at 618-207-4137 or toll free at 888-628-8977 or send us a message online.