Ever since the recognition of same-sex marriage in Minnesota in 2013, gay and lesbian relationships have now become like heterosexual relationships in being subject to the laws under various family law categories such as divorce and child custody. Fortunately, because the attorneys at Terzich & Ort LLP have championed the rights of families and children for years, they could help with these same legal matters for same-sex couples.
The firm has helped many families deal with the full range of marriage-related issues, including child custody and visitation, child support, alimony or spousal maintenance, property and asset division, paternity, domestic violence and protective orders and mediation. We have helped couples and families reach amicable settlements in all of these areas.
In every area of family law that the firm practices, the client’s best interests always come first. For example, in establishing visitation and parenting plans, the firm strives to help same-sex clients make the best possible decisions about child support, child custody and spousal support. In property matters, the firm handles all issues involved in equitable distribution of marital properties, from real estate to business assets and retirement funds.
In addition to enjoying the same legal rights to marry and divorce and avail themselves of the rights to secure spousal and child support, same-sex couples can also enter into prenuptial agreements to protect their financial and property interests. Prenuptial agreements often mean divorce proceedings do not become bitter and drawn out, an experience no one really needs on top of the displeasures of divorce.
Under Minnesota law, marital property is supposed to be divided equitably – not necessarily equally – between divorcing spouses. The attorneys at Terzich & Ort LLP have helped many same-sex partners go through various the legal procedures required to reach settlements that best suit the people involved.