On June 24th, 2011, New York became the sixth state in the country to legalize gay marriage with the enactment of the Marriage Equality Act. In addition to allowing gay and lesbian couples to be married, this act brought with it the ability for same-sex couples to divorce. A same-sex divorce is treated the same as any other divorce in the eyes of the law, and can be an equally emotional experience. If you are looking to dissolve your same-sex marriage, a highly knowledgeable Dutchess County LGBT divorce attorney from the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC can walk you through the process and protect your rights every step of the way.
Our firm is proud to support the New York LGBT community and can provide the compassionate representation you need during this difficult time. With more than 75 years of dedicated legal experience, we understand the intricacies of divorce inside and out and are prepared to make every effort to help you pursue an amicable solution to your marital separation.
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Since New York is a no-fault state, same-sex couples can cite “irreconcilable differences” to commence the divorce process and are not required to have a specific reason. The only relevant requirement for divorce is that at least one of the spouses must have lived in New York for a minimum of one year. Once divorce papers are filed, same-sex couples must sort out the terms of their divorce agreement through either collaborative or contested means, just like a traditional union.
Separating spouses must solve the following issues:
If both spouses are able to agree on an acceptable arrangement, a judge will finalize their separation. If a couple cannot agree on an arrangement, litigation will be required. Once both sides have been given sufficient opportunity to plead their case, a judge will issue a decision that carries the enforceability of law. Like any other divorce, same-sex divorces can require extensive negotiation and should be handled by an experienced attorney.
Nobody should have to go through a divorce alone. At the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC , our Hudson Valley same-sex divorce lawyers understand how emotionally taxing this experience can be, and we are willing to go the distance on your behalf. Having earned a 2015 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for our unparalleled advocacy, our attorneys can provide the kindhearted and skillful advocacy you need to help you pursue a positive outcome for your separation.
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