Since May 20, 2014, when Judge John Jones of the Middle District of Pennsylvania struck down the PA DOMA as unconstitutional paving the way for same-sex couples to marry in Whitewood vs. Wolf, the family law community has been waiting to see the effects of the decision. Many are resoundingly positive, but others create new issues that the state has never dealt with before. Now, just as same-sex couples can legally marry they can also legally divorce. Turning to a knowledgeable family law attorney, like those at Petrelli Previtera Schimmel, can help you find ways to best interpret this new set of rights and how they apply to your relationship.
Pennsylvania Same-Sex Rights Attorney
Many same-sex couples are contemplating marriage after years of living together thinking that the idea would never become a reality. Lots of partners want to make the most informed decisions they can. Just like opposite sex couples they want to know the tax implications of marriage, the pros and cons of a prenuptial agreement, how to legally change their last name, etc.
Our knowledgeable family law attorneys can help you plan for marriage or divorce. We can draft you a custom prenuptial agreement or help you understand how and where to file for divorce.
Same Sex Couples In Southern New Jersey- Finding The Right Attorney
Even before Pennsylvania legalized same sex marriage rights, New Jersey was already there. After a decades-long battle, the Garden State gave same sex couples the right get married (and divorced) in October of 2013. Attorneys with Petrelli Previtera Schimmel are licensed in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and can help you in either state.
Same-Sex Prenuptial Agreements In Philadelphia And Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
Divorce can be hard on any couple, however there are additional complex issues that same-sex couples in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks and Delaware, Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties encounter in light of Pennsylvania’s recent decision in favor of marriage equality. For example, where the length of the relationship is substantially longer than the length of the marriage, because the couple could not legally marry for years, special consideration may need to be given to the issues of alimony and equitable distribution which are both affected by length of marriage. Let our experienced lawyers help protect your rights and assets while helping you prepare a prenuptial agreement.
Love For All- SCOTUS Same Sex Equality Update
“They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law…The Constitution grants them that right.”- Justice Kennedy
On June 26, 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Obergefell v. Hodges that all couples have the right to marry- both opposite and same sex. Now, no matter where you live you can get married (and divorced) with all of the rights and regulations that go along with the age-old institution. Know your rights and speak to an experienced lawyer as you and your partner explore your options.
If you need an experienced family law attorney in the greater Philadelphia or Southern New Jersey area to help you review your rights in light of the same-sex equality Pennsylvania and New Jersey now afford, call (215) 523-6900 or use our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation consultation.