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Helping Gay and Lesbian Couples Navigate Family Law Issues

On June 1, 2014, the state of Illinois’s decision to implement the Religious Freedom of Marriage Act officially took effect. On this date, Illinois began to recognize same-sex marriages that had taken place in other states and allowed these marriages to be legally performed and recognized within the state.

One year later, in a countrywide sweep for marriage equality, the Supreme Court guaranteed the right for all citizens of the United States of any sexual orientation to legally marry.

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LGBT Rights in Illinois include:

  • Equal treatment as spouses in specific state insurance laws
  • The ability to file joint state tax returns
  • Property-ownership as spouses
  • Veteran benefits
  • Refusal to testify against their spouse
  • Capability of filing for a divorce

Find out how our experienced LGBT lawyers in Chicago, IL can aid you and your spouse by contacting us now!

LGBT Adoption in Collar Counties & Illinois

Gay couple with adopted childrenIf you and your spouse are interested in adopting children, the competent lawyers at Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC are prepared with the knowledge you need to make it happen. Our attorneys are familiar with all aspects of the adoption process specific to gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.

Often, LGBT couples consider second-parent adoption (used in step-parent adoptions) so that the biological child of one spouse can legally be the child of the other spouse.

Other times, the couple simply decides to adopt a child who is not biologically-related to either of them. In any case, your attorney can help you navigate the lengthy and intricate adoption process for LGBT parents.

Understanding Divorce for LGBT Couples

Although a homosexual marriage is now just as legally-legitimate as a heterosexual marriage, the fact that the law was implemented so recently can create certain side-implications for a divorce.

The fact that many lesbian and gay couples had to wait for so long for the legalization of marriage in Illinois meant these marriages often took place later in the spouses’ lives. These older couples typically entered marriage with a lot more of their own, non-marital, property. When the two decide to divorce, untangling the legal matters of property division and determining spousal-support can have intricate and specific legal challenges. These types of particularities, however, are typical scenarios for our experienced Chicago LGBT divorce attorneys.

Entrust your case to compassionate and knowledgeable Chicago gay and lesbian family law attorneys. Contact Abramovitch Blalock & McKinnon, LLC now!

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