Tenacious Illinois Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer Provides Formidable Representation
Illinois attorney fights to end your marriage on your terms
The dissolution of any marriage can involve crucial decisions about the welfare of children and the equitable division of assets. Divorces involving same-sex couples also present new and complex questions. As a Illinois attorney at Bugden Law Offices, I am experienced in same-sex divorce law. I consider all aspects of your divorce case to pursue the best possible solutions regarding:
- Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
- Division of marital debts
- Sale or possession of the marital home
- Spousal support and temporary support
- Child custody and visitation rights
- Child support
I am resolute in fighting to get clients the results they want. I seek an optimal divorce arrangement through settlement or litigation.
Understanding how same-sex divorce works
Today, the law allows couples to marry regardless of sex or gender. What was previously called “same-sex marriage” can now just be called “marriage.” The Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but has not completely cleared the path for same-sex couples seeking a divorce. Some states may not yet recognize your right to divorce, even though federal law has granted you all of the rights and privileges of marriage, including divorce. Even in Illinois, some judges may offer resistance to your attempt to end your marriage. In addition, state law has not entirely caught up when it comes to deciding how to handle issues such as child custody, especially in cases involving surrogates or when only one parent is a child’s birth-parent. At Bugden Law Offices, I represent your rights whether or not the law is clear. I don’t let judges or your spouse’s attorneys stand in the way.
An effective family law mediator
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process gives you control and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. This process is especially helpful for same-sex couples dealing with custody issues that courts may not be familiar with. As an experienced negotiator, I can help you pursue the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement and healthy child custody arrangement.
Aggressive family law litigator protects you and your family
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, I decisively represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. I am prepared to take on any attorney or legal team in pursuit of justice for you and your family.