Legal Guidance For Same-sex Couples

Following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex couples now have the right to marry nationwide. The court's decision represents a major shift for Ohio, which previously was one of the 14 remaining states with a ban on same-sex marriage. With the release of the court's ruling on June 26, 2015, courthouses in Cleveland and across the state opened their doors to gay and lesbian couples to apply for marriage licenses and tie the knot.

Laubacher & Co. has been representing Ohio residents in family law matters since 1999. Together, our attorneys have decades of experience representing clients in all matters relating to planning for marriage and filing for divorce. If you and your same-sex partner are planning to get married, have decided to separate or have questions about any other legal issues that are impacting your family, we invite you to call us and sit down for a free consultation.

Planning For Your Same-Sex Marriage

Before getting married, we encourage all of our clients to take the time to think about the issues that can arise if something unexpected happens after they say their vows. While the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges provides clarity on a number of issues that previously presented challenges for same-sex couples, there are certain issues that all couples need to consider before walking down the aisle.

While many couples shun prenuptial agreements because they do not feel that it is necessary to plan for their divorce, in reality, prenuptial agreements serve a number of important purposes unrelated to ending a marriage. For example, a prenuptial agreement can be a key component of a couple's estate plan — establishing property rights and resolving other issues that might otherwise take years or months to resolve through the probate process. Since Ohio's estate planning laws remain untested in the context of same-sex marriages, prenuptial agreements may be particularly beneficial to gay and lesbian couples seeking to avoid uncertainty around their final affairs.

Filing A Same-Sex Divorce

If it is time to end your marriage, the attorneys at Laubacher & Co. can help you diligently pursue a favorable divorce. We understand that "favorable" means different things to different people, and part of our process will involve exploring the different divorce options that are available. Our services also include providing advice for planning for your divorce, including discussing steps you can take to better position yourself to achieve your desired outcome.

Whether you and your spouse are able to pursue a collaborative divorce or you need to fight for your rights in court, there are a number of issues that will need to get resolved. Depending on your personal circumstances, these may include:

  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Division of marital property
  • Parenting and visitation rights
  • Spousal support

While dissolving your marriage can be a painful process, it doesn't have to be. Our experienced Ohio divorce attorneys can help guide you every step of the way.

Speak With An Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Attorney At Laubacher & Co.

Obergefell v. Hodges represents an important victory for same-sex couples in Ohio and across the United States. At Laubacher & Co., we are pleased to be able to assist gay and lesbian couples with their marriage, divorce and other family-related legal needs. To speak with one of our experienced family law attorneys about your situation, call us at 440-462-1882, or contact us online today.

We are located in Rocky River. We work throughout the Cleveland area.