Same Sex Family Law
Reliable Counsel from a New York City Divorce Attorney
With the 2011 ratification of the Marriage Equality Act, members of the LGBT community are now legally permitted to marry in our state. Prior to the enactment of this law, same-sex couples had to resort to various legal shifts to create a sort of jury rigged marriage, using contracts and agreements to establish many of the same rights and responsibilities which arise by operation of law in a marriage. Now, you and your partner can enjoy the benefits afforded to married couples with far less difficulty or challenge to the legitimacy of your relationship.
This ground breaking change in family law also makes it necessary for you to file for a
divorce if you should decide to end your
same-sex marriage. The judge will not grant a divorce unless you and your spouse have resolved every aspect of your relationship, including division of assets and debts, alimony,
child custody and
visitation. If you are unable to settle these matters out of court, the judge will be required to issue rulings on each point. You can substantially improve your chances of a favorable outcome by retaining an aggressive New York City divorce lawyer for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender individuals to represent you.
Defending the Rights of Same Sex Couples
Come to Bettina D. Hindin, Counsellor at Law for cutting edge legal representation on family law LGBT issues. I have more than 26 years of experience providing creative and thoughtful solutions to my clients, and will strive to help you achieve a divorce settlement which leaves you in a position of security. My firm can help you on other family law matters, including step-parent adoptions.
If your spouse has a child from a previous relationship, you must formally make an adoption before you will have the full rights of a parental relationship. Lesbian, gay and transgender couples can come to me for experienced guidance on matters such as prenuptial agreements,
postnuptial agreements, and
non-marital agreements, as well as for
enforcement of court orders and
modification of court orders in the months or years following a divorce. I will work with you throughout the process, providing cutting edge solutions for your unique needs.