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The Nationwide Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Information from a Trusted New Canaan Family Law Attorney

In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a civil rights matter many have been waiting years to finally hear. In a split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that our Constitution guarantees the right to marry for all citizens, including same-sex couples. The decision was instantly hailed as a major civil right victory and its far-reaching effects could potentially even provide new federal benefits to already married same-sex couples.

If you and your partner, husband, or wife are facing a family law or divorce matter and need counsel that can fully address your rights as a married American citizen, we invite you to contact our New Canaan family lawyers at Brickley Law today. We bring compassionate, studied, and thorough family law counsel to our clients that has been developed and honed over two decades of legal experience.

One-on-one advocacy is just a phone call away. Contact our firm for an initial consultation.

Federal Marriage Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Connecticut legalized same-sex marriage in 2008. However, while countless same-sex couples have had their marriage legally recognized by our state government, they have not have access to federal benefits that opposite-sex couples have long enjoyed. The Supreme Court has now changed that.

Federal marriage benefits now available to same-sex couples include:

  • Social security benefits
  • Federal employee benefits
  • Military (and military veteran) benefits

 

These, along with certain tax considerations, may have a bearing on any family law or divorce issue that must address a couple’s shared finances. The outlook of a divorce or the drafting of prenuptial agreement may now need to be altered because of these benefits and reliable, proven counsel can make sure that they are properly incorporated into your current or anticipated family law matter. Our dedicated New Canaan family lawyer is prepared to sit down with you, assess how these new benefits affect your circumstances, and begin to prepare assured legal action on your behalf.

Ensure that you and your family’s interests are looked after. Contact our New Canaan family law attorney today for representation anywhere in Darien, Wilton, or Norwalk.

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