Family Law Issues Affecting The LGBT Community

On May 20, 2014, a U.S. district court judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Today, just as same-sex couples throughout the state can choose to marry, they may also choose to divorce.

While the laws and rules that govern and pertain to divorce-related matters like equitable distribution and alimony are the same regardless of gender, same-sex couples may face unique concerns and challenges when it comes to child custody.

Same-Sex Parents And Child Custody Issues

Parents in same-sex marriages or relationships who are not biologically related to a child and who fail to take steps to establish legal parental rights are not able to petition for child custody or visitation in the event of a divorce or separation. To preserve their rights to petition for child custody or visitation, non-biological parents must legally adopt a child.

Deborah Zitomer Esquire, LLC, counsels and represents same-sex parents facing child custody issues. Often, cases involving custody of minor-aged children are emotionally-charged and complications related to a non-biological parent's failure to legally adopt a child may fuel disagreements and lead to lengthy and costly custody disputes.

If you are a parent who is facing these types of custody-related challenges, you need to understand your options. We will advocate on your behalf and strive to ensure that your child's best interests are respected and promoted.

When it comes to divorce and child custody issues, attorney Deborah Zitomer applies her years of experience and deep knowledge to provide individuals and families throughout Pennsylvania with the information and options they need to make decisions that meet their unique needs.

Call a lawyer at our Norristown law office at 610-879-8473 or contact us online today.