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Bannockburn Civil Union Lawyer

Same Sex Family Law Attorney in Lake County, IL Advocating for LGBTQ+ Rights in Bannockburn, Cook County, DuPage County, Will County, and Throughout Northeastern Illinois

The end of a civil union or same sex marriage marks a major change in your life. This period isn’t just emotionally difficult. The legal process of dissolving your union can be confusing and stressful, as well. Let a Bannockburn civil union lawyer at the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm handle your case and help you achieve a favorable resolution.

Matters of civil union division and same sex marriage dissolution can present unique challenges, but our attorneys are equipped to sort out the nuances of the legal issues and pursue outcomes that benefit you. For a confidential initial consultation, contact us today.

Civil Unions and Same Sex Marriage in Bannockburn, IL

State law in Illinois currently recognizes both civil unions and same sex marriage.

The state’s civil union law, enacted in 2010, currently treats civil unions “identically” to marriage, per the Illinois Department of Insurance. In 2013, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act established legal recognition of same sex marriage in the state.

Generally, same sex couples in either a civil union or marriage in Illinois have the same rights as heterosexual couples, including joint property ownership, joint responsibility for debts, and the ability to adopt children born into the family.

Importantly, same sex couples also have the same state-level rights in the dissolution of a marriage or civil union. This means that divorce or dissolution of legally recognized same sex couples, regardless of whether in a civil union or a marriage, may also involve matters pertaining to the following:

  • Equitable division of property
  • Maintenance or alimony (spousal support)
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support

A Bannockburn civil union lawyer at the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm can help you navigate the complex issues surrounding civil unions and same sex marriage.

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Dissolution of Civil Union or Same Sex Marriage

Under Illinois state law, the process of dissolving a civil union or same sex marriage is very similar to the process of dissolving a marriage between a heterosexual couple. In fact, the process begins with the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union form. This form comes in two versions, but the difference between them has nothing to do with whether the domestic partnership was a civil union or a marriage. Rather, there are separate forms for matters involving divorce with children and divorce with no children.

In either case, you will provide information regarding “irreconcilable differences,” which is the only reason that constitutes grounds for divorce under Illinois state law. You can demonstrate irreconcilable differences by:

  • Having been separated from your spouse for at least six months, in separate households or in the same household
  • If you have been separated for less than six months, indicating that you and your spouse can no longer get along with each other and either tried to fix marital problems but could not do so or that further attempts at reconciliation are not in the family’s best interests

Throughout the course of divorce proceedings, you and your spouse or partner will have to come to agreements about the division of property, any maintenance (alimony) support paid by one partner to the other, and, if applicable, the custody of and obligation to financially support any children. This resolution may be reached amicably through cooperative means like collaborative law or mediation, or it may require litigation.

The benefit of having a skilled Bannockburn civil union lawyer handling your case for you is having professional legal representation in any approach you may take to resolving marital disputes and finalizing the divorce.

How the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm Can Help

Both marriage and civil unions are legally recognized relationships between parties in a domestic partnership. As such, dissolving either a same sex marriage or a civil union is a legal process. The legal requirements for dissolving a civil union or marriage make it wise to have an attorney on your side even for relatively uncomplicated cases, but given the nuances involved in civil unions and same sex marriages, it’s particularly important to approach this process with trusted legal guidance.

At the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm, you can rely on your same sex family law attorney in Lake County, IL, to handle every aspect of the dissolution proceedings for you. We can assist with all parts of your divorce or dissolution case, including:

  • Discovery and financial analysis
  • Business valuation if one or both spouses own a business
  • Property division, including division of retirement plan and benefit assets
  • Spousal maintenance and alimony payments
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support payments

We know that no two divorces or dissolutions are exactly the same. That’s why we assist our clients in whatever approach to resolving disputes best suits their needs and goals. We can help by representing you in:

  • Divorce litigation
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative law
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Post-decree proceedings, if needed, after the divorce is finalized

We’re here to assist you throughout every stage of the civil union division process—for every question, every legal option, and every obstacle.

Why Choose the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm?

When you’re looking for a same sex family law attorney in Lake County, IL, look no further than the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm. We’re known throughout the North Shore for our extensive experience, compassion, comprehensive commitment to providing family law services, and proven results.

  • Experience: Our team has served families in Northeastern Illinois for more than 25 years, helping them achieve the most beneficial outcomes in family law issues so they can move forward.
  • Compassionate approach: Family law matters are, by nature, sensitive topics that affect your life in significant ways. Throughout the proceedings, our goal is to protect your privacy and dignity, take the stress of the legal matter off your plate as much as possible, and provide respectful, empathetic support for all that you’re going through.
  • Commitment to family law: Through our comprehensive knowledge of family law services, we’re prepared to handle every aspect of your case, tackle every problem, and explore all options for reaching thoughtful solutions to disputes.
  • Proven results: Our team is known for the favorable resolutions we attain for our clients, whether through methods of alternative dispute resolution or through litigation and if needed, trial.

Contact a Bannockburn Civil Union Lawyer Today at the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm for an Initial Consultation

Contacting a same sex family law attorney in Lake County, IL, may seem like a big step, but our team makes it easy to explore your options and understand what to expect from the legal process, starting with a confidential initial consultation.

For help from a civil union dissolution attorney in Bannockburn, IL, contact the Katz, Goldstein & Warren Law Firm online or call us today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Civil Unions in Illinois