Same-Sex Marriage

A Chicago Family Law Attorney Who Can Help You With Your Same-Sex Marriage

As of 2013, same-sex couples in Illinois enjoy the same rights as opposite-sex couples to get married, and the attendant benefits and responsibilities. If you are considering obtaining a same-sex marriage license, you may want to speak to an experienced Chicago family law attorney to discuss the issues that may arise throughout the process. The Chicago family law firm Taradash Given, P.C., has the experience and dedication you need to feel confident you are being well advised in all your endeavors. Our attorneys have helped countless couples navigate complex family law questions for over a decade, and we stand ready to assist you with you with any legal questions you may have as you contemplate entering a marriage.

Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage and What it Means

For many same-sex couples, the idea of joining in a state-recognized marriage has been a dream that has only recently been able to become a reality. However, like with any marriage, there can be some wrinkles that should be ironed out prior to tying the knot. It may be best to consult an experienced attorney in order to make sure that you are prepared for the following:

  • Will there be a prenuptial agreement specifying any individual assets or how marital assets will be divided upon dissolution of the marriage?
  • Do arrangements need to be made for the custody of any young children?
  • Is either soon-to be spouse receiving maintenance support payments that may end upon re-marriage?
  • Are you and your partner interested in adopting a child either from the United States or a foreign country?

These are all important questions that should be considered prior to entering into an Illinois same-sex marriage.

How to File for a Same-Sex Marriage

Finally, after much too long a wait, after June 1, 2014, there will be no difference in filing for a marriage between a man and a woman or a marriage between two men or two women. This means that the actual process itself is fairly simple. However, as with any other marriage it is important that the spouses-to-be consider important pre-marital issues and speak with an attorney before rushing to the courthouse.

Are You in a Same-Sex Relationship and Looking to get Married?

If you are currently in a same-sex relationship and looking forward to getting married, the Chicago family law firm Taradash Given, P.C. supports you. Taradash Given, P.C. was behind the push for the equality of marriage in Illinois and is proud to have served many same-sex couples even before that victory. When you and your partner are ready to tie the knot, come in and speak to one of our experienced Chicago family law attorneys to make sure everything is in order and to get a head start on planning your future. Taradash Given, P.C. serves clients throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas, including Lake County, Will County, and DuPage County, and we are ready to meet with you to discuss your same-sex marriage at your convenience. Contact us online, or call (312) 775-1020 to speak with a dedicated same-sex marriage attorney today.

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