NYC Same Sex Marriage Attorney

The Marriage Equality Act of 2011: New York State

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New York has joined the growing number of states that have legalized same sex marriage. The federal government has not yet passed similar protection for same sex couples. The family law attorneys at H. Benjamin Perez & Associates, P.C. take pride in remaining current on same sex marriage legislation across the country. They can help you to be proactive in ensuring your marital and parental rights are respected both here in NYC and throughout the country.

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The passage of the Marriage Equality Act gives same sex couples the same marriage rights enjoyed by every other married couple in New York. Divorce will carry the same concerns faced by divorcing couples. Asset division, distribution of debt and spousal support will be part of any divorce proceeding. Our recommendation is that a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement be created to clearly outline the assets jointly created within the marriage as well as those brought into the marriage by the individuals. Additionally, any debt brought into the marriage should be identified as well as the manner of repayment, if any.

If there are children in the marriage, we advise that you obtain a second parent adoption so that both parents have equal parental rights. This can be important concerning medical decisions that must be made for the children, particularly if you move to a state that does not recognize same sex marriage. Custody will be easier to determine if both partners have adopted the children as both parents will have legal rights to the children.

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