Long Island Gay & Lesbian Family Law Attorney
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGBT) Family Law Issues
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized and is now the law of the land. But, certain issues are still murky when it comes to LGBT couples, and it could take years before every lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans family feels on equal footing with their straight counterparts. At the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC, our Long Island family law attorneys are passionate about protecting the rights of LGBT couples. Call us at (516) 227-5353 today to find out how we can help you and your family.
LGBT couples will also have the same family law issues that straight couples have.
Complex Legal Issues for LGBT Families
There are still a number of legal issues that remain unique to LGBT families. For example, gay couples who wish to have a child will need to retain a lawyer. This is rarely true for straight couples. LGBT couples often have to deal with a number of complicated issues such as:
- Surrogacy: LGBT families can utilize two different types of surrogacy -- gestational or traditional. Gestational surrogacy involves the transfer of an embryo created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) so that the resulting child is genetically unrelated to the surrogate. Traditional surrogacy involves natural or artificial impregnation so that the child is genetically related to the surrogate.
- Gay adoption: Adopting a child is not simple. The climate for domestic adoption in New York for gay couples has warmed in recent years and is getting to be less challenging with each passing year. Couples can opt for agency adoption, independent adoption, international adoption or state adoption.
- Second parent adoption: Ever since New York became the sixth state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, adoption attorneys have been busy handling inquiries for second-parent adoptions. This allows same-sex parents to adopt their partner's child without terminating the first parent's legal rights. In the past, if a same-sex couple moved from New York to one of the states that did not allow same-sex marriage, the second-parent would lose all rights and responsibilities. Every state now must recognize same-sex marriages, but there are still issues state-to-state regarding same sex adoption.
The Legal Services You Need Provided by Nassau County Gay & Lesbian Family Law Lawyers
LGBT couples will also have the same family law issues that straight couples have. Same sex couples will certainly struggle with a number of complicated issues if they ever get divorced. Custody and child support issues will arise and a LGBT friendly family law attorney will be needed to protect the best interests of the children.
LGBT couples also need financial guidance with regards to estate planning, transferring property titles, business succession planning, drafting wills, gaining access to medical records and qualifying for Medicaid and other benefits. The laws have changed in recent months and years, and a skilled LGBT family law attorney is needed to ensure that your best interests are protected. Please contact the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC at (516) 227-5353 for a free and comprehensive consultation.
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