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LGBT family law challenges require special attention

Same-sex couples now have rights of which past generations could barely even dream. From marriage to parental rights, these individuals can now truly enjoy the protections allotted to their heterosexual peers. However, as these changes are still relatively new, LGBT family law challenges are frequent, leaving many couples confused about their options when dealing with tough issues.

The United States Supreme Court ruling acknowledged that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Before that, New York had already implemented rights for same-sex couples, ensuring that their invaluable family law rights were protected. These moves made it easier and more realistic for LGBT families to safely establish roots with the understanding that their rights would be upheld.

Although things are certainly better, divorce, child custody and other family law issues can be complicated for these families. Unlike with heterosexual couples, there are fewer precedents when considering how a case might turn out. Even when these precedents do exist, they are often in the scope of how things were handled before same-sex rights came into place and  may not be much help.

The laws are still new and evolving to best fit the needs of LGBT families, and many find that they have trouble navigating these difficult waters on their own. It is important for those who are dealing with LGBT family law challenges in New York to utilize the guidance of lawyers who are experienced in these matters. We have successfully served countless same-sex couples as they deal with ongoing family law situations.

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