In December 2012, Washington state legalized same-sex marriage, and in 2013 the federal government recognized such marriages. For gay and lesbian couples who chose to make it official, this change provided not only relief and acceptance, but also previously unavailable legal rights and protections.
As a natural extension, same-sex partners who were married in Washington (or in another state that sanctioned gay marriage) are now subject to the same laws as anyone else when they dissolve their marriage.
The law firm of O'Brian & Associates welcomes LGBTQ clients in both King County and Snohomish County. We represent individuals in LGBTQ divorce and all related issues of family law. We encourage you to call us today to discuss your specific case.
Under the same-sex marriage legislation, existing domestic partnerships will have been converted to marriage on June 30, 2014, unless the couple marries earlier or dissolves the partnership. Once a same-sex couple is legally married, they are governed by all the normal statutes with regard to divorce, division of marital property, financial support and custody and parenting matters.
We are prepared to litigate if necessary to protect clients' financial interests and parental rights in these disputes.
First and foremost, we are experienced and compassionate lawyers who will faithfully protect your interests in or out of court. Our firm has focused exclusively in family law since 1986. We strive to stay up-to-date with the law and legal precedents so that we can help clients move forward with confidence during this difficult time.
To arrange a confidential consultation with our LGBTQ divorce attorneys, call (425) 276-7677 or email us today.