While the United States Supreme Court’s recent landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges granted same sex couples the constitutional rights, protections, and benefits of marriage, complex family law issues remain for LGBTQ individuals and families. Even without the protection of marriage, issues related to custody of children, division of property, spousal support, and probate are more difficult for LGBTQ individuals.
Your unique legal matter may be complicated by a prior domestic partnership, civil union, or other legal contract. If you and your spouse are raising a child together but have not established a legal relationship for the non-biological parent, there may be a risk that all ties with the child will be completely severed. Likewise, although you and your spouse may have lived together for decades and shared your finances, income, and assets, a divorce or dissolution may be complicated by the fact that the court may focus only on dividing property acquired after the marriage.
There are many reasons people, whether related or not, can and should share custody of a child. While not the legal equivalent of a parent, a shared custody agreement confers many of the same rights and responsibilities of parenthood. However, it is very important that your shared custody agreement protect the rights of the non-biological and/or non-legal party.
We know you want legal counsel from someone who understands the unique and rapidly evolving area of family law impacting LGBTQ individuals and their families. Beyond that, you also want an attorney who empathizes with the confusing, even heart-wrenching challenges LGBTQ legal matters pose for both spouses and their children.
At Massucci Law Group, we care deeply about children and their parents. Our commitment includes working with parents who are not biologically related to their child or are married to the child's other parent. Ohio family law continues to evolve and the Massucci Law Group team has advocated at the forefront of this area of law to protect the rights of LGBTQ parents and their children.
Massucci Law Group has been a pioneer in developing legal protections for individuals and families in the LGBTQ community. Working as a team, we assist LGBTQ clients to develop creative solutions to meet their short and long-term family related goals, whether they are married or not.
As a law firm thoroughly committed to Ohio’s LGBTQ community, the Massucci Law Group is uniquely qualified to represent gay and lesbian individuals and their families in a wide range of family law matters including:
We have built a strong and trusted reputation for offering practical advice focused on solutions that are individualized to meet your unique family needs.
It is critical to work with an experienced LGBTQ family law attorney to help ensure your rights are protected. LeeAnn Massucci is recognized as one of the leading LGBTQ advocates in Ohio and was selected by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) as the Ohio representative to the National Family Advisory Counsel. As a member of LAMBDA Legal, she was the 2008 recipient of their National Pro Bono Advocate award. LeeAnn also appeared before the Supreme Court of Ohio in the matter of Rowell v. Smith (oral argument), successfully arguing that a juvenile court has the authority to grant temporary visitation rights to a non-relative (the biological parent’s former partner, in this case) when that is in the child’s best interests.
Our attorneys are actively involved in local, state, and national LGBTQ organizations dedicated to changing laws and removing barriers for LGBTQ individuals and their families. We frequently serve as presenters at bar association and professional organizations about the impact of emerging LGBTQ family law and marriage equality issues.
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Massucci Law Group serves family law clients in Franklin County and throughout central Ohio. We invite you to learn more about our team, our strengths, our services, and to contact us to schedule a consultation.
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