Caring Counsel For Same-Sex Couples
At Leskovich Law Group, P.A. in Punta Gorda, we are dedicated to serving individuals and families of all backgrounds. Due to the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision legalizing same-sex marriage across the United States, we feel proud to offer our family law, divorce and child custody services to members of the LGBTQ community. No matter how challenging the legal matter you are facing might feel, we are prepared to offer effective representation that protects your rights.
What To Know About The Supreme Court And Same-Sex Marriage
June 26, 2015, saw an immensely important verdict from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court decided that, under the U.S. Constitution, couples nationwide have the right to enter into same-sex marriages. For the LGBTQ community, the ruling came as a landmark victory. President Barack Obama even declared it, “a victory for America.” Same-sex couples in Florida and the rest of the country now have access to the same benefits and rights granted to heterosexual couples.
What Federal Benefits Does Marriage Offer?
Florida has allowed same-sex couples to marry since August of 2014, but could not grant them certain federal benefits. The Supreme Court ruling now ensures that married partners of all genders have the same access to federal benefits. Some of these include:
- Employee benefits
- Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits
- Social Security spousal benefits
- Social Security survivor benefits
Now that same-sex married couples can receive these benefits, it greatly affects their financial outcomes in divorces. LGBTQ individuals must also consider these benefits when making a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. It is wise to have assistance from a family law attorney who can help you consider these factors and uphold your rights in the face of a legal system that is still sometimes biased against the LGBTQ community.
Discuss Your Options With Attorneys Who Are Your Allies
For the knowledgeable, competent counsel that you deserve for all same-sex family law issues, reach out to us at Leskovich Law Group. We can explore your options, explain the legal process and develop solutions for you. Request a free case consultation with us today.