Helping Same-Sex Couples Through The Divorce Process

Same-sex marriage was legally recognized in Minnesota on August 1, 2013. Now that the state has legalized same-sex marriage, couples who entered into these marriages will face a divorce process that is essentially the same as a heterosexual couple's divorce. The laws around same-sex marriage are fairly recent, however, so you want to speak with a lawyer who has the knowledge to protect your rights.

I am attorney Christopher L. Paul. From my Burnsville office, I represent gays and lesbians who are going through separation, divorce and child custody proceedings. If you had a domestic partnership agreement or similar document in place prior to the marriage, I will determine how it may apply to your case. You can rely on me for compassionate, supportive help during this time.

The Same-Sex Divorce Process

People ending a same-sex marriage will face most of the same divorce decisions as heterosexual couples. I will help you work through issues such as:

  • Division of the marital estate
  • Spousal maintenance
  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Changes to post-decree orders

As in most family law cases, the parties often reach a divorce agreement through negotiation or mediation.

Minnesota also recognizes same-sex marriages from other states where it is legal, so you can divorce here even if you did not marry in Minnesota.

You Can Move On With Your Life

Call my Burnsville office at 952-373-8704 for a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Or you can contact me online, and I'll return your message shortly.