Same-Sex Family Law Rights
New York recognized same-sex family law rights in a variety of ways before the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling that same-sex couples have the constitutionally guaranteed right to marry.
There have been many recent advances in Federal and State law that expand familial rights beyond the “law on the books,” and because these advances continue to evolve and invite future interpretations by the New York Appellate Courts.
Understanding New York Law
Christopher J. Chimeri, the firm’s matrimonial and family law practice with a vast clientele of LGBTQ individuals, recognizes that for most such families, these issues rarely fit neatly within a box.
Even with equal recognition under New York State law, there are many complex issues and the careful crafting of documents to assist in the Dissolution of Non-Married LGBTQ families, Domestic Partnership Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements, and Preconception Agreements and Family Planning require a broader understanding of the law.
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Achieving Favorable Outcomes
Few firms take the time to remain so cutting edge and partner-in-charge of these issues, Christopher J. Chimeri, lectures multiple times per year to other lawyers and more importantly, to the very judges deciding your case, all regarding the broader understanding needed to achieve protection for your family.
Even outside of the definition of the family and child-related rights, gay and lesbian families formed before or during this legal “state of flux” find the process overwhelming and confusing. Consulting with our team to develop creative, well-researched and detailed strategies is essential to understanding and developing your goals.
A Long-Standing History Of Cutting-Edge Representation LGBTQ Divorce
While many lawyers have opened their doors to the LGBTQ community to offer family law guidance since New York passed the Marriage Equality Act, Quatela Chimeri PLLC has had a long-standing reputation of fighting for the family law rights of individuals in nontraditional relationships, spanning more than 25 years.
We are not newcomers to analyzing and advancing the rights of members of the LGBTQ community, especially in domestic relations and family court matters. Our trial and appellate attorneys draw on substantial experience to achieve the most favorable outcome possible in every case. We remain at the cutting edge in shaping the future of the law.
Partner Christopher Chimeri, as a part of our appellate practice, has successfully litigated in numerous cases to overturn long-standing precedent to allow the estranged same-sex partner of a biological parent of a child to seek custody and visitation rights, including arguing in the highest court in New York, the Court of Appeals, which, in Mr. Chimeri’s case, expanded the definition of a parent in the Domestic Relations Law as a result of the appeal.