Years Of Experience In Same-Sex Family Law
Since the founding of our firm, the Law Offices of Meridith A. Gregory, LLC, our attorneys have stood up for the rights of same-sex couples throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. We offer full and comprehensive family law counsel for every one of our clients, from marriage and divorce to same-sex adoption.
Following the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples may legally marry in every state in the United States. However, while the legal issues for same-sex couples are generally the same as with traditional marriages, application of the laws to same-sex marriages can be tricky. It is critical that you have a knowledgeable and affirming family law lawyer to interpret complex laws and apply them to your situation regardless of the composition of your family.
We Offer Steady Counsel In An Ever-Changing Legal System
While the Supreme Court has ruled on same-sex marriage, the laws surrounding other aspects of same-sex family law are still constantly evolving. When calculating alimony or child support payments, for example, should the court consider how long you were together while you were unable to marry?
With locations in North Andover we are extremely familiar with family law as it applies to same-sex couples and their families in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Our law firm stays abreast on all new legal developments, especially those that affect same-sex couples, so we can offer cutting-edge representation to meet all of your needs and provide a favorable outcome for you and your family.
The Parental Rights Of Same-Sex Couples
Currently, there are a number of legal variables at play when same-sex couples get married and have children:
- If both of you were legal parents prior to the marriage, your parental status remains the same.
- If only one of you is the legal parent, the other partner becomes a stepparent, unless he or she adopts the child. This adoption will be recognized in any state, independent of the marriage.
- If one of you gives birth after you are married, you are both presumed legal parents and both of your names will be on the birth certificate.
While these laws are valid in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, laws in other states may change daily. To ensure your rights as a parent when you are not the biological parent, you must adopt the child. We handle second-parent adoptions with regularity and can ensure the process is completed efficiently and accurately so your family is protected against these changes in the law.
We Will Protect And Honor Your Relationship And Your Family
Put your trust in a firm that is a long-time ally of marriage equality and the parenting rights of same-sex couples. Call our offices at 978-655-4787 or 603-589-9629 for a free initial case consultation, or use our online contact form to get started.