With its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015), the United States Supreme Court concluded that "the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty."
"The Court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry," the Court said. "No longer may this liberty be denied to them."
In 2010, approximately 25.7 percent of all same-sex couple households reported that they were spouses. That equates to approximately 152,000 housesholds. With the right to marry, so comes the right to divorce. Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) couples now enjoy equal rights, they share many of the same concerns as heterosexual couples during divorce proceedings. Certain kinds of situations, however, can become even more complicated for same-sex couples.
Attorney for LGBTQ Divorce in West Palm Beach, FL
If your divorce in South Florida involves any kind of legal issues pertaining to LGBTQ families, it will be in your best interest to make sure you retain legal counsel. Quality Family Law represents LGBTQ individuals in Greenacres, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, and many surrounding areas of Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County.
Our West Palm Beach divorce lawyers understand that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals can face unique but significant challenges, and our firm works to simplify the divorce process and reduce the amount of stress it places on you. Call (561) 557-8686 to have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.
Palm Beach County LGBTQ Divorce Information Center
- What are some common issues same-sex couples face in divorce?
- Which family law issues does your firm assists LGBTQ clients with?
- Where can I find more information about LGBTQ divorce in West Palm Beach?
While, same-sex marriages that took place before the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision may often be complicated, and convoluted messes, the same questions regarding custody, equitable distribution, and alimony come into question between LGBTQ couples attempting to divorce. Quality Family Law assists LGBTQ clients with such frequent divorce issues as:
- Collaborative Divorce
In cases that involve domestic violence, our lawyers also assist clients with protective orders for domestic violence, repeat violence, stalking, dating violence, or sexual violence.
According to the last U.S. Census, approximately 16% of all reported same-sex households had an own child (biological, step, or adopted child of the householder) in their household in 2011. When these LGBTQ couples divorce, they may find themselves encountering such family law issues as:
- Post-Judgement Proceedings
Equality Florida — Equality Florida consists of two organizations that form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQ community: Equality Florida Institute, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) educational charity and Equality Florida Action, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. Visit this website to learn more about issues concerning same-sex marriage as well as adoption, family recognition, and discrimination. You can also access recent news, read press releases, and learn more about upcoming events.
Lambda Legal — Lambda Legal is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that identifies iteself as "the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work." On this website, you can learn more about the organization's history, work, and strategic plan. The "In Your State" section allows you to learn more about current issues in Florida.
Quality Family Law | West Palm Beach LGBTQ Divorce Lawyer
Are you an LGBTQ individual who is preparing to file for divorce? Make sure that you contact Quality Family Law for help protecting your rights and achieving the most favorable possible resolution to your case.
Our divorce attorneys in West Palm Beach represent individuals in communities all over Miami-Dade County, Palm Beach County, and Broward County, including Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Wellington, and several others. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (561) 557-8686 or submit an online form to receive a free initial consultation.
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