Same-Sex Marriage Lawyers in Raleigh
Experienced Family Law Attorneys
If you are seeking same-sex marriage attorneys in Raleigh, look no further
than the legal team at
Hopper Law Office. Our lawyers can help you navigate the traditional challenges relating
to divorce, as well as the unique matters that same-sex couples face.
We have the knowledge and resources to help you get through this challenging
time with as little stress and heartache as possible.
Our family lawyers assist same-sex couples with a range of issues, including:
We understand that just as no two marriages are the same, no two divorces
are the same. That’s why we are committed to handling each divorce
in a personalized manner. When you join us for a consultation, we listen
carefully to your circumstances and help you create a strategic plan for
obtaining the outcome that is right for you and your family.
Call Hopper Law Office at
(919) 876-3300 for dependable legal guidance for your same-sex divorce.
Same-Sex Divorce Challenges
Since 2014, same-sex marriages in North Carolina have had the same legal
status as heterosexual marriages, as well as the same laws for divorce.
However, same-sex couples can face some unique challenges when seeking
a divorce. This is primarily due to the duration of the marriage. If you
were with your partner several years prior to legal marriage, or you were
wed in another state before same-sex marriage was legalized in North Carolina,
you may run into complications with alimony and property division issues.
When determining spousal support, a court will consider many factors, including
the length of the marriage. Since same-sex marriage was not legal in the
state until 2014, a judge may not consider the years you spent with your
partner in years prior, even if you were living like a married couple.
This timeline also comes into play with the equitable distribution of
assets in your divorce. Since marital property is viewed as that which
is acquired after the date of your legal marriage, any acquired property
before that day may be considered by the court as separate property.
Child Custody & Support in Same-Divorces
Complications may also arise for same-sex couples where only one spouse
is a legal parent of a child. This is a common occurrence among those
couples where one parent gave birth to a child prior to a legal marriage.
The only way the non-biological parent could become the legal parent would
be through adoption during the marriage.
The parent without legal status may not have any legal rights as a parent
after a divorce, even if he or she has been acting as a parent for practical
purposes. This can be challenged if they can prove that the biological
or legal parent is unfit to care for the child.
Contact Hopper Law Office
Divorce can be difficult, and you need the guidance of a compassionate
legal team who can help you obtain a fair outcome. Our Raleigh same-sex
marriage lawyers can help you through your dispute so that you can move forward.
(919) 876-3300 or
contact us online to schedule a consultation with our experienced
family law attorneys.