Effective Tampa Lawyer Handles Same-Sex Divorces
Knowledgeable advisor safeguards clients’ rights
At long last, same-sex couples are now entitled to the full benefits and privileges of marriage throughout the United States. Unfortunately, when a marriage breaks down, many same-sex couples face not only the typical divorce issues, but also legal complications based on the patchwork of laws that existed before the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. At the Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. in Tampa, we possess a detailed understanding of these challenges. As a family litigator with 18 years of legal experience, attorney Patricia Palma provides an informed perspective on same-sex divorce and vigorously pursues an outcome that protects your rights and well-being.
Experienced attorney helps same-sex spouses make a new start
A few months before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in the Obergefell decision, Florida took this step in the Brenner v. Scott case, which took effect in early 2015. Whether your marriage occurred in this state or some other jurisdiction, we provide comprehensive legal support for all types of divorce concerns including:
- Residency and grounds — Florida is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that marriages are dissolved because they have irretrievably broken down. One party must be a state resident for at least six months before filing. If questions arise regarding marriages or civil unions that occurred in other jurisdictions, we can answer them.
- Child support and custody — It is always best to resolve times-haring and child support issues by reaching an agreement. When this is not possible, we make every effort to obtain a decision that maintains the bonds between children and their parents.
- Alimony — Under Florida law, a divorcing spouse is only eligible to receive permanent alimony if the marriage was longer than 17 years. This creates a problem for clients seeking alimony when long-term same-sex relationships end, because legal marriage has only been available to these couples for a few years. However, as of now, the standard still refers to the duration of the legal marriage. Courts might at some point make these decisions by examining how long same-sex partners have been in a relationship, but the law does not currently address that situation.
For matrimonial, parenting and other family law issues, we offer diligent representation and service to clients who are in same-sex relationships.
Contact a proven Florida attorney for advice on a same-sex divorce
The Law Office of Patricia Palma, P.A. represents clients in same-sex divorces and other family law matters throughout the Florida Gulf Coast region. Please call 813-693-5158 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Tampa office.