Same-Sex Divorce

Knowledgeable DC Divorce Firm Provides Guidance to Same-Sex Couples

Skilled family law attorney understands the unique challenges you face in the Washington, D.C. area

The dissolution of any marriage can involve crucial decisions about the welfare of children and the equitable division of assets, but divorces involving same-sex couples can present additional challenges. The attorney at The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC represents residents of the Washington, D.C. area and throughout District of Columbia in divorce proceedings. While the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, the path for same-sex couples seeking a divorce can be less smooth. We will offer the advice and advocacy you need to move on with confidence when you seek a same-sex divorce.

Proven DC advocate handles a full range of divorce issues

At The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC, we consider all aspects of your same-sex divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:

  • Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
  • Division of marital debts
  • Sale or possession of the marital home
  • Spousal support and temporary support
  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Child support

We know that every family and every divorce are different and we work closely with our clients to pursue optimal results.

Dedicated attorney confronts issues specific to same-sex divorce

Before same-sex marriage became legal nationwide, many couples filed for domestic partnerships, but those unions did not confer the same legal rights as marriage. Because most states take into account the longevity of a marriage when it comes to awarding spousal support, it may not be clear whether the years spent in a committed union before marriage will count toward that determination in a same-sex divorce. That means decades spent with a partner in a monogamous relationship may not be used to determine how much, if any, alimony should be awarded. The same complications exist with respect to an equitable division of assets.

Child custody and support issues may also be difficult to determine in same-sex divorces, especially in cases involving surrogates or when only one parent is a child's birth-parent. At The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC, we represent your rights whether or not the law is clear.

Responsive counselor advises on mediation

Because the laws governing divorce may not adequately settle issues between same-sex couples, alternative means of dispute resolution may offer a better strategy. Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. This process is especially helpful for same-sex couples dealing with financial and custody issues that courts are still grappling with. At The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC, we can represent your interests in divorce mediation as you pursue the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement, and healthy child custody arrangement.

Skilled family law litigator protects you and your family

Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family's disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, our skilled litigator successfully represents clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. We are prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.

Contact an experienced DC family law firm for your same-sex divorce

For help ending your marriage or domestic partnership, call The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC in Washington, D.C. at 202-306-2422 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced divorce attorney.

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The Law Offices of Michael A. Troy PLLC is located in Washington, DC and serves clients in and around Washington, Montgomery County & Prince Georges County, Maryland.

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