Knowledgeable California Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers Provide Guidance and Advice
California attorneys understand the unique challenges you face
The dissolution of any marriage can involve crucial decisions about the welfare of children and the equitable division of assets. Divorces involving same-sex couples also present new and complex questions. The California attorneys at Des Jardins & Haapala are experienced in same-sex divorce law. We consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:
- Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
- Division of marital debts
- Sale or possession of the marital home
- Spousal support and temporary support
- Child custody and visitation rights
- Child support
We know that every family and every divorce are different and we work closely with our clients to pursue optimal results.
Understanding how same-sex divorce works
Today, the law allows couples to marry regardless of sex or gender. What was previously called “same-sex marriage” can now just be called “marriage.” The Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but has not completely cleared the path for same-sex couples seeking a divorce. Some states may not yet recognize your right to divorce, even though federal law has granted you all of the rights and privileges of marriage, including divorce. Even in California, some judges may offer resistance to your attempt to end your marriage. In addition, state law has not entirely caught up when it comes to deciding how to handle issues such as child custody, especially in cases involving surrogates or when only one parent is a child’s birth-parent. At Des Jardins & Haapala, we represent your rights whether or not the law is clear.
We are effective family law mediators
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. This process is especially helpful for same-sex couples dealing with custody issues that courts may not be familiar with. The experienced negotiators at Des Jardins & Haapala can help you pursue the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement, and healthy child custody arrangement.
Skilled family law litigators protect you and your family
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, our skilled litigators successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. We are prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.