Fairfield County Same Sex Divorce Attorney
Connecticut Domestic Partnership Attorney
Fortunately for same sex couples who were married in other states, or who were joined in a civil union in Connecticut, the divorce laws in our state are unambiguous and fairly well established. In general, a same sex divorce is much like a heterosexual married couple divorce.
Connecticut recognizes out-of-state same sex marriages as well as civil unions.
The law firm of Giustino Capodilupo represents same sex couples who are seeking to divorce. Our law firm will handle all aspects of the divorce from the equitable division of property, to spousal support determinations and division of retirement plans.
If there are no children in the same sex marriage, the legal matters are fairly uncomplicated. Our Westport same sex divorce lawyer will point out the advantages and disadvantages of any decisions you must make and will work with you to achieve your goals.
Stamford, Connecticut, Domestic Partnership Lawyer for Couples With Children
Because one, or perhaps neither, parent may be the biological parent, divorce for a same sex couple with children will depend on the previous legal relationship of each parent to each child. Some of the scenarios are shown below.
- Biological parent and adoptive parent — In this case, the court does not see any difference between the biological and adoptive parent in terms of parental rights.
- Neither parent is the biological parent — If both parents have adopted the children, but one is a stay-at-home parent, that may be taken into account in terms of child custody or visitation time.
- Biological parent and non-biological parent who did not adopt the child — There is no legal relationship between the child and the non-biological, non-adoptive parent. Child custody would be favorable to the birth parent, but the judge will also look at the age of the child or children and the current relationship between the child and the non-biological parent. It may be in the best interest of the children to continue some level of parenting relationship.
Judges look at the "best interest of the child" and make a determination about child custody unless the same sex couple has already reached an agreement. It has been our experience that 95 percent of the time, the same sex couple can arrive at a child custody agreement.
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If you face a same sex divorce, please call our law office at 866-463-5144, 203-403-6659 or send us an E-Mail. Westport same sex divorce lawyer Giustino Capodilupo will work diligently to solve all of your legal issues.