Resolving Same-Sex Family Law Issues

There is not one version of a "happy family," and family law disputes affect everyone. When same-sex couples are involved, these disputes often raise unique considerations. From our office in Media, Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., helps LGBT families throughout Delaware County navigate through their legal challenges and overcome barricades so they can move forward to a brighter future.

LGBT Individuals Face A Wide Array Of Challenges

Same-sex couples face many of the same challenges as heterosexual couples. When relationships end, property rights and custody and visitation arrangements must be determined. However, due to constantly changing laws, many of our clients also face issues that are unique to same-sex couples.

At Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., we understand the complexities facing LGBT couples in Pennsylvania. We work closely with our clients to bridge the gaps in state law and create contractual agreements that protect our clients' financial interests and parental rights.

  • Dividing property after divorce or separation — Many same-sex couples have been together for years, even before same-sex marriage was recognized in Pennsylvania. The result is that many have joint ownership interests in the other's property making the property division process of divorce more complex.
  • Child custody and visitation — Many LGBT couples choose to have children, either through adoption or with the help of a sperm donor or a gestational carrier. When couples separate, custody and visitation rights need to be determined. If parents haven't adopted their partner's biological child, obtaining parenting time can be difficult.
  • Adoption — Same-sex couples also often turn to us for help securing their parental rights. Through second-parent adoptions, we are able to form legal bonds between children and both their parents.

Litigation is often stressful, time-consuming and expensive. At Louis Wm. Martini, Jr., P.C., we always attempt to resolve our clients' legal disputes out of court. We look for ways to protect your interests while empowering you to take control of your own life. However, if litigation is necessary to protect your property, your finances or your children, we will go to court.

Attorney Louis Martini will explain your legal situation to you, and the benefits and drawbacks of each available solution. Together, we choose the path that is right for you.

Contact An Experienced Family Lawyer Like Ours

No matter what your family looks like, we have the experience and skills necessary to help. Contact us today at 610-492-7122 for a free consultation.