Here for You
During Life's Big Changes
Contact Me Today

Civil Unions & LGBTQ Family Law
Attorney in Belleville, Illinois

When Same-Sex Couples Divorce, I Can Guide You on What to Expect

Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in the United States since the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision. But the state of Illinois allowed same-sex unions a year earlier. For decades, same-sex couples have fought and lobbied for this right. But along with the marriage comes other matrimony-related matters, including divorce. With a same-sex divorce, complications may exist related to spousal support, child support and asset division.

If you find yourself in a same-sex divorce, you need legal guidance. Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C. of Belleville, Illinois, is an experienced family law firm that has represented many clients in same-sex divorce cases. My firm is compassionate, empathetic, effective and experienced. My firm tackles complicated legal issues and gets solid results.

I'm well-versed in the laws surrounding LGQTQ marriage and divorce. Reach out to me when you have questions.

Child Support, Child Custody and Asset Division

Matters aren’t always clear in same-sex divorce. A big question: When was the marriage officially recognized? Was it when Illinois legalized same-sex marriage, or when the federal government did? Or maybe the marriage began when the couple moved in together in the 1980s.

There are other factors that courts look at as well in a same-sex divorce, including:

  • Division of assets: This may include the home, vacation property and retirement accounts.

  • Child custody: In many cases of same-sex marriages, only one parent is the biological parent of the child.

  • Child visitation and child support: If children were part of a same-sex union, then it would be wise to come up with a workable solution.

  • Spousal support: In some marriages, one spouse may have been a stay-at-home parent or stay-at-home spouse.

  • Debt: Existing debt is typically divided between the spouses.

We will help you protect your rights and obtain what you rightfully deserve.

Providing a Steady Legal Hand, Contact Me

In many ways, the divorce concept represents uncharted territory for same-sex unions. I can explain the process and guide you. As a personable and client-focused law firm, my office provides a steady hand. Judith Trentman Wilson, Attorney at Law, P.C. of Belleville, Illinois is an experienced and knowledgeable firm. My firm can solve problems. For a free consultation, call my firm.