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. At Suzette Lorrey-Wiggs, P.C., I represent residents of the Tempe area and throughout Arizona 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. I will offer the advice and advocacy you need to move on with confidence when you seek a same-sex divorce.
At Suzette Lorrey-Wiggs, P.C., I consider all aspects of your same-sex divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:
I know that every family and every divorce are different, and I work closely with my clients to pursue optimal results.
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 Suzette Lorrey-Wiggs, P.C., I represent your rights whether or not the law is clear.
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, I successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. I am prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.