Chicago Same-Sex Divorce Attorneys
Vigilant Counsel for LGBT Couples & Families
The state of Illinois legalized same-sex marriage in November 2013 with the passage of the Religious Freedom of Marriage Act. Less than two years later, the United States Supreme Court decided Obergefell v. Hodges, which recognized the fundamental right to marry for all Americans, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. always endeavors to stay at the forefront of the family law practice area and has celebrated these legal victories for our LGBTQ community in Chicago and beyond. With these victories, however, come new legal challenges for couples and families who are now having their rights and new privileges recognized for the very first time. Our dedicated and experienced Chicago same-sex divorce lawyers are ready to assist these clients and navigate their cases to the swiftest and most favorable outcome possible.
We’re ready to stand with you during this difficult time. Contact us today to request a free initial case evaluation.
The Rights of Married Individuals
With Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex divorce and separation has become essentially identical to all other divorce and separation cases. Under the law, all individuals have the same rights to marital assets recognized at both the state and federal level.
Same-sex divorces can now address:
- Equitable property division
- Maintenance and spousal support
- State and federal tax considerations
- Social security benefits
- Veteran and military benefits
- Federal employee benefits
Same-sex divorce and separation often come with one added complication: because same-sex marriage laws have only been passed recently, some couples have accumulated significant assets and property while they were unmarried. Even if both individuals used and relied on these assets, the can legally be considered separate property and excluded from the property division process.
At Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C., we’re vigilant about these specific issues and how they can impact a same-sex divorce or separation. Our experienced Chicago divorce attorneys can take a thorough and incisive approach to the property division process and know how to properly substantiate when assets become commingled throughout the course of a marriage. Wherever we can, we ensure our clients’ right to the marital estate is compellingly articulated before the court.
You do not have to face this uncertain process without a diligent advocate by your side. Call our firm at (312) 313-1533 today.