Same-Sex Marriage & Civil Unions

As of June 1, 2014, Illinois began recognizing same-sex marriages. When the Civil Union Act was first put into place, it was designed to provide litigants with the same or similar protections as provided under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. Now that same-sex marriage is acknowledged in Illinois, your rights under the Civil Union Act and under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act are virtually identical, whether bound in matrimony or by civil union.

Because these acts are fairly young, there is a myriad of conflicting laws involving civil unions making it a complex area of the law. Clients requiring an Illinois divorce attorney for such matters need to have one with updated knowledge, skill and expertise in order to best represent the rights of same-sex clients in dissolution of a civil union.

At the Law Offices of FRED A. JOSHUA, P.C., we represent clients in same-sex relationships in complex financial and parenting matters (formerly, custody), helping to protect their parental rights and property interests in order to obtain the most favorable outcomes possible. No matter how big or small your matter may be, we provide professional and individualized legal representation for a wide range of family law concerns, including all aspects of same-sex marriages and civil unions.

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