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Queens Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers

Divorce: Understanding the Legal Process

Divorce is the legal separation of a married couple, and traditionally, both marriage and divorce were reserved only for heterosexual couples. As civil rights definitions were challenged and expanded in recent years, same-sex couples are now able to enjoy the ability to marry as well as take advantage of the varied benefits that come along with marriage. Unfortunately, just like opposite-sex couples, same-sex couples also face challenges in marriage. When these challenges cannot be overcome, divorce may be the only viable option left.

Are Same-Sex Divorces Different Than Opposite-Sex Divorces?

In virtually every aspect, divorce laws and procedures apply to same-sex couples in the exact same ways that they apply to opposite-sex couples. Because same-sex marriages are recognized as legal and binding, a divorce of any kind must follow a set of steps according to various state laws in order to dissolve. Once a divorce is final between spouses of the same sex, the result is the same in the eyes of the law.

Potential Problems For Civil Unions

The only real difference in a same-sex divorce is the matter of civil unions that were established in certain states prior to the recognition of same-sex marriage on the federal level. Because some states recognized civil unions, but not marriages, between same-sex partners prior to 2015, same-sex couples who decide to split presently may not be afforded the same legal opportunities as those who decide to split post-legalization.

To make matters more complicated, different states that previously recognized civil unions may have had differing definitions of what does or does not constitute a civil union as well as what rights were afforded to these couples in the event of the dissolution of a civil union. For this reason, it’s recommended that same-sex couples who wish to dissolve a civil union, but who had never been legally married, consult with a divorce attorney to discuss the matter in detail.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
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17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
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16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.

Same-Sex Uncontested Divorce

In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree to the divorce without contest. This means that neither party is challenging the terms of the divorce. Put another way, both spouses agree to go their separate ways without the need for litigation regarding things like the division of shared property or custody of children. These types of divorces are often the fastest and most efficient when compared to a contested divorce.

Same-Sex Contested Divorces

A contested divorce is the dissolution of a marriage that involves legal challenges to the separation terms. In most cases of a contested divorce, one spouse believes that he or she is not receiving an equitable split of shared property or assets. If minor children are involved and a family court custody ruling has not been finalized, the terms of custody and support payments may also be contested. These types of divorces can become very complex and require a lot of time spent in court with a judge making the final determination as to who has rights to what.

Same-Sex Spousal and Child Support

In keeping with the above, same-sex couples may also face issues of spousal support and child support upon divorce. This may occur when one spouse was the sole breadwinner in a marriage or when a same-sex couple shared custody of a minor child or children. If a child or children were from a previous relationship by one or both spouses, the issue of custody can become even more complex rather quickly. In these types of situations, it’s highly recommended that you work with a divorce attorney.

Spousal support issues may also require one spouse to pay support payments for a period of time determined by the final divorce decree. These payments are meant to ensure that the other spouse is able to maintain and support his or her accustomed lifestyle for a period of time agreed upon or outlined in the divorce decree.

The Same Decorum Recommendations Apply

Same-sex spouses who are seeking a divorce are also encouraged to follow the same decorum recommendations as opposite-sex spouses during the divorce process. In general, it’s best to allow a divorce attorney to handle most contact in order to prevent high emotions from causing tension. Emotionally charged contact can lead to you or your spouse saying or doing things that can jeopardize the outcome of the divorce. A divorce attorney can provide an objective view of things like financial arrangements as well.

In any type of divorce, it can be difficult to separate yourself from the a situation that you are emotionally invested in, so you may not look at things with an uncolored perspective. Your attorney will be able to act as an advocate to ensure that everyone is treated fairly in the divorce so that further issues do not come up down the road.

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