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What to Know About Civil Unions in DuPage County

 Posted on January 09, 2023 in Family Law Blog

Lombard, IL civil union lawyerMany states, including Illinois, have come a long way in recognizing and respecting the rights of same-sex couples and LGBTQ individuals. In 2014, Illinois passed a same-sex marriage bill allowing gay couples to marry and enjoy the same rights as every other married couple in the state. However, many couples decide to pursue a civil union instead of marrying. Suppose you are in a same-sex relationship or are in a relationship with someone in the LGBTQ community and are interested in pursuing a civil union rather than a traditional marriage. In that case, it is essential for you to meet with a knowledgeable attorney so that you and your partner understand your rights and are able to enter a happy and loving civil union. 

Important Information Regarding Representation for Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships

It is important to note that civil unions and traditional marriages offer similar benefits. However, civil unions are not recognized in every state and are still not recognized by the federal government. If you and your partner are interested in entering into a civil union, understand that you will have access to critical legal rights, including the following: 

  • The ability and right to make medical choices for your partner if they ever become incapacitated

  • The right to file joint state income tax returns

  • The right to obtain medical insurance under your partner’s medical insurance plan

  • Particular survivorship rights 

Same-sex couples will be delighted to know that 10 years ago, the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibited gay couples from receiving the same federal benefits that heterosexual couples enjoy, was deemed unconstitutional. This law posed many complex problems for same-sex couples, mainly regarding specific federal tax laws. In some cases, it was helpful for same-sex couples to enter into a domestic partnership agreement, which ensures not only the protection of the relationship but also minimizes tax liabilities. Even still, there remain instances where two people may decide that they wish not to be married but instead enter into a domestic partnership. 

Contact a DuPage County Civil Union Lawyer

At A. Traub & Associates, the highly knowledgeable DuPage County civil union attorneys have years of experience drafting legal agreements between couples of the same sex and LGBTQ individuals. We provide compassionate counsel to help ensure that you are free to not only love your partner but also to enjoy the legal benefits of entering into a civil union. Call 630-426-0196 today for a private consultation.


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