Are you in a same sex marriage ? Are you unhappy and want to get out of your marriage, but don’t know where to start?
Simonetti and Associates, conveniently located near Garden City, New York are here to help! We have more than 28 years of experience. We have also been voted Best of Long Island divorce law firm 3 years in a row. We work to protect your rights and give you the guidance and solution to your problems.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Garden City and the state of New York on June 24, 2011, when the marriage equality act was passed. Even before this, New York was already handling many same-sex divorce cases because they recognized that marriages that were legally performed in other states are interwoven in our society. Now across New York and Long Island, same-sex divorces are handled no differently than a different-sex divorce. There is no separate category. Same-sex couples end their relationships the same as traditional couples do. We provide the same affordable and reliable services to same-sex couples.
There are different types of divorces available in New York. They include at-fault, no-fault, uncontested, contested, and collaborative. At-fault is when one party must prove that the other party had the fault of the relationship breaking down. Various faults include adultery, abandonment, incarceration, and cruel and inhuman treatment upon a spouse. No-Fault means the relationship has been broken down for 6 months and there is no hope of reconciliation. The spouse can file for a divorce. Uncontested is when both parties with the help of the attorneys, agree on issues like child custody, child support, spousal, asset division, and present a signed divorce settlement for the court to approve. Then there are contested divorces, where both parties cannot agree on all material issues. In this case, they can mediate the dispute or ask the court to hear the case and make the decisions for them. Last, but not least there is the collaborative, where both parties agree to work together to settle the issues of their divorce. They work with the attorneys to guide them towards a fair solution.
The issues same-sex couples go through are the same heterosexual couples go through. Therefore, they are handled the same way. During a divorce there are many things that have to get divided between the couple, for example, debts and properties owned. If there are children involved there have to be agreements made on child support and visitations, child custody. The court will consider a prenuptial agreement as well.
Simonetti and Attorneys have delivered cost-effective legal representation to clients all throughout Long Island and Nassau County including Garden City. Contact us for a free consultation. You can contact us online or give us a call at our offices in Woodbury.