Same Sex Couples Divorce Lawyer – Fighting for Your Rights in Pasco, Pinellas and Tampa Bay, FL
In Florida, same-sex marriage has been legally recognized since January 6, 2015. Prior to this, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples who had legally married outside of Florida, were unable to obtain a divorce in the State. This left many same sex couples who were married, unable to seek a divorce or relief under the Florida Statutes which govern divorce laws. These laws include the division of marital assets or equitable distribution, alimony laws and child custody laws.
It’s important to understand however, that since the Supreme Court made gay marriage and divorce legal, there have been challenges in the courts for same sex divorcing couples. It takes an experienced, tenacious divorce lawyer to settle, challenge and litigate while adhering to Florida Statutes because there are still many untrodden areas of same-sex divorce that have yet to be “standardized.” Things to consider when you are hiring a Tampa, St. Petersburg or Pasco County same sex divorce attorney are:
- Ability to handle challenges such as retroactivity for equitable distribution, alimony
- Challenges with same-sex child custody rulings
- Experience in Florida Divorce Law and Statutes
Paving the Way for Same Sex Divorce in Florida
In August of 2014, a Florida Circuit Judge ruled that the denial of marriage rights to same sex couples and refusal to recognize same sex marriages from other jurisdictions was unconstitutional, and after three months of hearings, the Judge issues a Final Dissolution of Marriage in December of 2014, which became the first same sex divorce granted in the State of Florida.
On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states.
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo – LGBTQ Divorce Attorney
Attorney Wendy Doyle-Palumbo has decades of experience practicing family law in St. Petersburg, Spring Hill, Hudson and in Citrus and Hernando Counties, in Tampa Bay, Florida. Tampa Bay has a thriving gay community who need an experienced divorce lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected under our Florida divorce statutes. Unfortunately, for many years, I have known far too many couples who were forced to remain married and now, if you meet Florida’s residency requirements. Either you or your spouse must have resided in Florida for at least six months prior to the filing of the divorce petition as per Florida statute 61.021.
If you are seeking a same-sex contested or uncontested divorce it is recommended that you seek the advice of an experienced divorce attorney. Please contact my office for an initial consultation.