Gay and Lesbian Divorce Matters for Rhode Island Spouses

Marriage equality is now a federally-protected right, making divorces involving gay or lesbian couples similar to any other marital dissolution case. However, there are certain considerations that can make the division of marital property and debts or custody matters more complicated. We provide the legal counsel gay spouses need to make decisions that will best benefit their futures.

LGBT-Friendly Family Law Attorneys in Rhode Island

Every divorce is different, and each spouse often has separate goals during the proceedings. As a result, there can be issues that require special attention by your divorce attorney, including:

  • Custody matters. If there are children in the marriage, child custody and visitation issues must be resolved as part of the separation. You and your spouse must decide whether one spouse will have sole custody of theCustody in same-sex divorces children or if you will share custody. Even if the divorce is amicable and custody is shared, you must create a detailed parenting plan outlining where the child will be housed, when each parent will exercise visitation rights, and how decisions will be made regarding the child’s health, education, and future. 
  • Child support. Your custody agreement should provide a clear provision for child support payments, including the amount and frequency of payments and consequences of non-payment.
  • Spousal support. If one spouse makes significantly more money than the other, the divorce may include a provision for spousal support.
  • Division of property. All divorces involve the division of shared property and shared debts, including homes, cars, loans, pensions, retirement accounts, and other assets. 
  • Business valuation. Business owners face additional difficulties during a divorce. Our attorneys can ensure an appropriate valuation of your business and determine how much of your business holdings belong to a divorcing spouse, allowing you to make decisions to ensure that the business survives the divorce. 

Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum has a long record of service and representation to the people of Rhode Island, including gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals. We provide compassionate, understanding counsel to people experiencing the stress and uncertainty that accompanies separation, helping you make a successful transition to life after divorce. Simply fill out our online contact form to set up your initial consultation.