Civil Union & Domestic Partnership Attorney
In today’s society, there are various legal issues affecting same-sex couples and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals. It is important to discuss with an experienced attorney all of the rights available to you under the law.
Representation for Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships
Since the signing of the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, same-sex couples will be able to have many of the same rights as married couples. Although civil unions offer same-sex couples similar advantages found in a traditional marriage, civil unions are not recognized in all states and are not yet recognized by the federal government.
Same-sex couples who decide to take their relationship to a new level by having a entering into a civil union will be able to access important legal rights, such as:
However, before entering into a civil union, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to discuss the full extent of the benefits offered and any additional planning which may be necessary.
Domestic Partnership Agreements
Unfortunately for same-sex couples, the Federal Defense of Marriage Act prohibits same-sex couples from receiving any federal benefits typically available to married couples. This can pose a problem for same-sex couples, particularly under the federal tax laws. In some instances it may be beneficial for same-sex couples to enter into a domestic partnership agreement to ensure the protection of the relationship and to minimize any potential tax liability.
The best way to create a domestic partnership agreement is to first consult with a knowledgeable DuPage County family law attorney, who has extensive years of experience with drafting contractual agreements between same-sex partners. Where can you find such an attorney?
At A. Traub & Associates, we can help you arrange a domestic partnership agreement that will address how you and your partner will handle family law issues, from child custody and support, to complex matters involving adoption, wills and estate planning, and litigation in the event of a dissolution of the relationship.
Contact A. Traub & Associates in downtown Lombard by calling (630) 426-0196 to speak with an experienced family law attorney.
Our attorneys offer supportive legal guidance to suit your specific needs. If you are interested in creating a domestic partnership agreement or would like to learn more about your rights under the new civil union law, contact A. Traub & Associates today. We are available to help you!