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LGBT Divorce in Woodland Hills

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In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in all fifty states in the country and was a substantial victory for LGBT rights in the United States. However, same-sex couples experience marriage issues similar to heterosexual partners, resulting in divorce.

Due to the complexities of the divorce process, our Woodland Hills divorce lawyers at Taub & Taub, P.C. can help you obtain a favorable outcome. With more than four decades of collective experience, we understand what it takes to help you achieve your legal goals.

The Challenges Same-Sex Couples Face Throughout the Divorce Process

LGBT couples are entitled to the same rights and benefits as heterosexual couples who file for divorce. The process starts when one spouse files a request to dissolve the marriage, while the other spouse is served the paperwork.

In order to file for divorce in California, you and/or your spouse must be state residents for at least six months and Los Angeles County residents for at least three months prior to the divorce. Since California is a no-fault state, you can end your marriage due to irreconcilable differences.

However, there are several unique challenges same-sex couples experience. For example, when it comes to child custody matters, the judge cannot assume that both parents are the biological parent. Even if the couple obtained the assistance of a surrogate parent to have a child, the parent without biological ties to the child could be denied parental rights if he/she failed to adult the child. Furthermore, judges may have their own biases when granting child custody in same-sex divorces.

Regarding property division, while same-sex marriage has been legal for over three years, many couples have been unofficially together for much longer. This means that some assets which a couple considers marital property could be viewed as separate property in the eyes of the court.

Our Woodland Hills divorce lawyers can assess your situation, figure out your available legal options, and help you come to a favorable agreement with your spouse.

Let Our Woodland Hills Divorce Attorney Help You Today

Our legal team has extensive knowledge of California family law. We can help you navigate the complexities of your divorce to ensure your rights and best interests are always protected. Whether you reach a final divorce agreement through mediation or court litigation, we can help you get started on your next chapter in life.

For more information about same-sex divorce, contact us and schedule a confidential consultation today.