Same-Sex Couples Divorce Lawyer in Chicago, IL
Members of Illinois’ LGBTQ community won the right to marry when Governor Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in November 2013. This was a momentous win for the LGBTQ community.
Marriage comes with rights and responsibilities, and when a relationship comes to an end, these rights and responsibilities must be sorted out through a divorce action. The law firm of Metz & Jones LLC offers divorce services to individuals throughout Andersonville, Lakeview, Uptown, Edgewater and the Greater Chicago area in Cook County to ensure they are protected throughout the divorce process.
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Please call our Chicago same-sex marriage lawyers today at 773-878-4480 or contact our firm online to schedule an initial consultation. We are happy to sit down to discuss your needs in a confidential environment and offer honest advice on how you should proceed. We look forward to helping you transition to a successful life post-divorce.
What Issues Will Arise During a Same-Sex Marriage Divorce Proceeding?
No matter the couple, the same specific issues tend to be the leading factors that lead to a marriage breaking down. These issues could include fights about money, trust, abuse, addiction, or simply losing love for each other over time and feeling the need to go separate ways. Regardless of the reason, at Metz & Jones, we are dedicated attorneys who will work hard on your case with compassion, knowledge, and experience. We will fight for your rights and help you in securing the best possible outcome in a variety of issues including:
- Division of marital property
- Child custody, visitation and child support
- Spousal support or maintenance, formerly known as alimony
- Drafting postnuptial agreements
- Obtaining orders for protection or defending against domestic abuse allegations
The lawyers at Metz & Jones LLC realize that no two divorce cases are the same. Each couple has their own unique challenges that they must address and overcome. The personalized representation we provide and our dedication to every case ensures that each client receives the attention his or her case deserves. We treat each client as though he or she is a member of our team; we see everyone as a united team who is working together toward a common goal. If you win, we win.
Are There Other Methods for Disputing Divorce?
There are several different options for disputing divorce aside from a traditional court case that we can guide you through, also known as alternative dispute resolutions. One type is mediation, where we can enlist the help of a third party to act as an unbiased mediator, hence the name. Mediation can help you keep costs lower and have a higher chance of reaching an agreement with your ex-spouse. Even though this is a more relaxed situation that doesn’t involve lengthy court trials, legal representation is still highly recommended for both parties.
Another newer option is collaboration; in this method, various parties including lawyers, finance and/or professionals in other fields all collaborate to tackle the different disagreements that may come up during the divorce process. In this method, each team still has their chosen lawyer or legal team by their side. If you foresee yourself and your spouse being more willing to negotiate amicably, this could be a great option for you.
Another option you may decide on is divorce arbitration. In this option, you and your spouse get to pick the arbitrator, as opposed to court where the judge is assigned. Also, the rules for the proceeding can be much more relaxed. For examples, you can change the rules for what counts as a witness statement and have it be written instead of having a witness show up in person. There is also much more flexibility in setting the date, time and length of your sessions, as you decide them yourselves as opposed doing everything on a judge’s and court’s timeline. While the major downside to this method is that you can’t appeal the final decision, you may still believe that this is the right option for you.
If you and/or your spouse struggle to come to negotiate and come to amicable agreements, litigation might be the best option for you. Litigation involves going to court and having a judge intervene in your negotiations. For this method, it’s also extremely important to have lawyers by your side, as we understand the ins and outs of the legal system and can make you go into court feeling prepared and supported. Regardless of the method you end up choosing, contact us today to learn about how we can increase your chances of a positive outcome.
Contact Our Family Lawyers for Same-Sex Couples Divorce in Chicago
If you are facing a divorce and are looking for a trusted, skilled LGBT divorce attorney in Chicago or surrounding areas, please contact our Cook County family law office online today or call 773-878-4480 for immediate help resolving your divorce needs.
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