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Trusted Family Law Guidance For Gay And Lesbian Couples

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law that made same-sex marriage in Illinois legal beginning June 1, 2014, one year before the U.S. Supreme Court struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage.

Of course, with same-sex marriage comes same-sex divorces. For the most part, the laws that apply to divorce between heterosexual couples apply in same-sex divorces. However, important differences may exist regarding child custody, health insurance and division of assets.

The legal team at Blacha Law Office supports the LGBTQ community and welcomes the opportunity to represent individuals in same-sex divorce, second parent and stepparent adoption, domestic partnership matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and other legal issues that arise for same-sex couples.

Custody In Same-Sex Divorce

One spouse in a same-sex marriage may bring children into the marriage. A nonbiological parent may wish to formally adopt those children. As with any stepparent adoption, this requires the child's other biological parent terminate his or her parental rights. We can explain this process and guide you through it. If a nonbiological parent does not adopt the children and later gets divorced, the nonbiological parent's pursuit for custody or parental time sharing may be more complex.

Personal Attention And A Family Feel

Our lawyers focus on providing the type of personal attention that makes every client feel like family. We understand that divorce and other family law issues can feel overwhelming and interrupt the rest of your life. We keep our clients informed of the status of their case at every step, and aim for effective and efficient resolution.

We invite you to call 630-283-1987 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. An attorney will review the facts of your case and recommend an effective course of action. We represent gay, lesbian and transgender clients throughout the metro area from our offices in Naperville, Burr Ridge, St. Charles and Chicago.