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Why You Need an LGBT Family Law Attorney

LGBT Family Law

When a family-related legal issue arises, how you should proceed depends on whether you and your partner are legally married, have a domestic partnership or civil union, or you are cohabitating.

The attorneys Petrelli Previtera, LLC are dedicated to working closely with clients to come up with efficient and durable solutions to their family law issues.

LGBT Divorce

Same-sex marriage has been legal across the U.S. since June 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional. Couples who have been legally married are also legally able to divorce, and the same state rules apply when they divide their assets, including:

  • Marital assets such as homes, cars, furniture, businesses, jewelry, art, etc.
  • Non-marital assets, meaning those excluded by a prenuptial agreement and inheritances and gifts kept separate during the marriage
  • Marital debts including credit card bills, mortgages, loans, tax obligations, and judgments
  • Retirement incentives like 401(k) plans, stock plans, stock options, and deferred compensation

Every couple has their own set of property, assets, and debts that will need to be properly divided during divorce. Our attorneys are highly qualified to assist divorcing spouses with this task as well as alimony, child custody and support, and any other legal issues they face.

Hurdles for Unmarried Couples

Depending on the jurisdiction, couples who are not legally married and do not have partnership agreement, tenancy agreement, or documented legal relationship may encounter obstacles when working out family-related conflict or after deciding to separate. Petrelli Previtera, LLC can assist unmarried couples with creating legally binding agreements in the following areas:

  • Child custody, support, and visitation rules
  • A parenting plan for day-to-day decisions
  • Separation and division of assets and debts

If you and your partner adopted a child during your relationship, the court will have to determine custody, parenting time, and an appropriate level of child support. This may be further complicated if one of the partners is the biological parent. Additionally, your ex-partner may sue you for a division of partnership assets, including any equity acquired on your home during your relationship, any earnings on investments from that time, and interest earned on your bank accounts. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to help you protect and assert your rights to ensure you are fully protected.

No matter the legal issue, we can help unmarried couples reach an agreement. We will then write and file a legally-binding document summarizing the terms.

Contact Petrelli Previtera, LLC

When you’re facing a family-related legal matter, figuring out how to proceed may be confusing, stressful, and overwhelming. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities and move forward with your life. Our lawyers have vast experience in successfully handling a wide variety family law issues, and they can get you on the right track toward a great solution. Contact Petrelli Previtera, LLC today to schedule a consultation.

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Client Testimonials

Here's what our clients have to say about working with us. Please note, results may vary based on individual circumstances.

Melinda Previtera, Esq. came highly recommended to our family. Her knowledge base, professionalism, and compassion paved the way for a successful outcome. Melinda is efficient, detailed, and informative. She helps manage expectations, and postures her client for a fair and equitable result. We are happy to recommend Melinda!

Jennifer A.

My experience was very good. Everyone was professional and attentive to my needs, keeping me updated every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better result, highly recommended.

David R.

My marriage life has been a hell for me for the past four years until I decided to put an end to what has to be ended. Choosing a lawyer was another additional stressful part of the long process. I’m so glad that I’ve found the right one for me at Petrelli Previtera. Life isn’t always fair, but at least having her in my corner, felt even better. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough!

Caitlin B.

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