Tampa LBGT Family Lawyer
Older, Lundy, Alvarez & Koch is proud of marriage equality in Florida. Beginning in January 2015, Florida recognizes the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry and recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. The federal government has also acknowledged same-sex marriage rights in the groundbreaking Supreme Court Decision U.S. v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”).
Unfortunately, some states have yet to extend these rights to same-sex couples. Consequently, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals do not have the same legal protections and allowances as heterosexuals. As a result, issues regarding divorce, custody of children, division of property upon separation, spousal maintenance, and health care issues may be much more difficult for same-sex couples.
Finding Family Law Solutions That Work
While we continue to wait for marriage equality to become the law of the land throughout the entire United States, legal options do exist which effectively provide similar legal protection to same-sex couples as to heterosexual couples. Our family law attorneys at Older, Lundy, Alvarez & Koch will help you and your partner prepare contracts, wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, partnership agreements and other documents to legally protect your rights as a couple throughout the entire United States.
Contact us today to meet with a passionate legal team that is proud of marriage equality in Florida and is ready to work with you protect your rights as individuals and couples.
Our LGBT family law attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to answer questions and handle the variety of legal issues specifically faced by same-sex couples and their families.
- We prepare prenuptial, postnuptial, and cohabitation agreements.
- We help same-sex couples maximize all legal rights after legally marrying in Florida.
- We guide clients through the decision to live with a partner without marriage, and prepare cohabitation agreements.
- We prepare wills, healthcare directives, powers of attorney, designations of preneed guardian and other legal documents to solidify legal rights and plan for the future.
- We draft contracts for ownership of real property purchased together, including payment of expenses and ultimate percentages of ownership where appropriate.
Dissolution of Marriage, Civil Unions, and Long-Term Partnerships
LGBT couples who have prenuptial, postnuptial or cohabitation agreements, including contracts for sharing of expenses, tenancy agreements or otherwise documented legal relationships, are in a better position should they decide to terminate their, since they have already discussed and agreed upon most of those issues that would arise upon termination.
However, even if you do have these types of document in place, your partner may still sue you for a division of marital or partnership assets, including any equity acquired in your home during your relationship, any earnings on investments during that time and interest earned on your bank accounts. Our firm can help you resolve all of the following issues:
- Same-sex divorce
- Custody and support of children (including biological and nonbiological children)
- Dissolution of long-term relationships
- Reallocation of assets
- Transfer of real estate and other property
- Same-sex domestic violence
Recently, a number of important legal developments have occurred regarding same-sex marriages. Although the federal government has made a national decision, the laws in many states are still in flux, often making it necessary to combine contract law, estates and trusts, family law, and health care directives in order to create solutions that work for our LGBT clients. Our broad-based experience allows us to apply a wide range of tools to avoid a dispute before it happens, or resolve one that has already developed and to otherwise protect your rights.
At Older, Lundy, Alvarez & Koch, we’re poised on the cutting edge of development in this area. We follow cases on a daily basis in order to use new legal precedents to advance our clients’ cases. For many years, we have successfully been involved in such matters as these.
Schedule Your Consultation Today a LGBT Family Law Attorney serving the Tampa Bay Area.
Let us help protect you, your partner, your children and your assets from unnecessary and unforeseen circumstances before they arise.
Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to help you assert your rights and to ensure you are fully protected. Contact us today online, or by telephone at 813-254-8998 to learn more in a free consultation.
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