The New York State Legislature finally passed the Marriage Equality Act. As of July 24, 2011, county clerks throughout New York began issuing marriage licenses and providing civil marriage ceremonies to gay and lesbian couples. Under the 2011 Marriage Equality Act, there is no legal difference between divorce filings for heterosexual and same sex couples. In order to obtain a divorce, you must be able to show that you or your spouse has lived in the state of New York for a continuous period of at least one year. You must also present a legally acceptable reason to divorce.
From a strictly legal perspective, gay and lesbian divorces are exactly the same as heterosexual divorces. Emotionally, however, these cases are often much different. Many family law attorneys can handle a divorce case, but few have the experience, sensitivity and understanding it takes to effectively guide a gay or lesbian client through the perils of divorce and the unique challenges he or she may face.
At The Law Offices of Steven D. Kommory, we are poised at the forefront of the developing area of gay and lesbian family law. Our experienced lawyers recognize even the subtlest of nuances that make a same-sex divorce or legal separation unique, and strive to support our clients through concerns regarding asset division, child custody and other divorce-related matters.