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We Help You Navigate the Newly-Implemented Laws

On June 1, 2014, the state of Illinois’s decision to implement the Religious Freedom of Marriage Act officially became effective. On this date, Illinois began to recognize same-sex marriages that had taken place in other states and allowed same-sex marriages to be legally performed and recognized within the state.

Some rights same-sex couples are now legally able to claim include:

  • Equal treatment as spouses in specific state insurance laws
  • The ability to file joint state tax returns
  • Property-ownership as spouses
  • Veteran benefits
  • Refusal to testify against their spouse
  • Capability of filing for a divorce

Find out how our experienced Chicago gay and lesbian family law attorneys can aid you and your spouse at (312) 548-8886.

Same-Sex Adoption in Collar Counties & Illinois

If you and your spouse want to adopt a child, the competent lawyers at Badesch Abramovitch are prepared with the knowledge you need to make it happen. Often, same-sex couples consider second-parent adoption (used in step-parent adoptions) so that the biological child of one spouse can legally be the child of the other spouse. Other times, the couple simply decides to adopt a child who is not biologically-related to either of them. In any case, your attorney can help you navigate the lengthy and intricate adoption process.

Understanding Same-Sex Divorce

Although a same-sex marriage is now just as legally-legitimate as a heterosexual marriage, the fact that the law was implemented so recently can create certain side-implications for a divorce. For example, property division is a serious area of contention in any divorce. The fact that many same-sex marriages in Illinois took place later in the spouses’ lives (because they had to wait so long for it to become legal) often means that the individuals entered marriage with a lot more of their own (non-marital) property. When the two decide to divorce, untangling the web of property division and determining spousal-support can have intricate and specific legal challenges. These types of particularities, however, are typical scenarios that our experienced Chicago family law attorneys deal with.

Entrust your case to compassionate and knowledgeable Chicago gay and lesbian family law attorneys. Call Badesch Abramovitch at (312) 548-8886.

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