Caring Pennsylvania Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer Provide Guidance and Advice
Pennsylvania attorney helps you solve family law problems
The dissolution of any marriage can involve crucial decisions about the welfare of children and the equitable division of assets. Divorces involving same-sex couples also present new and complex questions. The Pennsylvania attorneys at Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie are experienced in same-sex divorce law. We consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:
- Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
- Division of marital debts
- Sale or possession of the marital home
- Spousal support and temporary support
- Child custody and visitation rights
- Child support
We know that ending a marriage is hard and we work to reduce the stress and difficulty involved in the divorce process.
Understanding how same-sex divorce works
Today, the law allows couples to marry regardless of sex or gender. What was previously called “same-sex marriage” can now just be called “marriage.” The Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but has not completely cleared the path for same-sex couples seeking a divorce. Some states may not yet recognize your right to divorce, even though federal law has granted you all of the rights and privileges of marriage, including divorce. Even in Pennsylvania, some judges may offer resistance to your attempt to end your marriage. In addition, state law has not entirely caught up when it comes to deciding how to handle issues such as child custody, especially in cases involving surrogates or when only one parent is a child’s birth-parent. At Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie, we represent your rights whether or not the law is clear.
We are effective family law mediators
Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and conflict associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. This process is especially helpful for same-sex couples dealing with custody issues that courts may not be familiar with. The experienced negotiators at Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie can help you pursue the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement, and healthy child custody arrangement. Using the mediation process, many couples are able to work productively to compromise on solutions.
Dedicated family law litigators protect you and your family
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, our skilled litigators successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. We are prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.
Contact Mechanicsburg same-sex divorce attorneys
For help ending your marriage or domestic partnership, call Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie in Mechanicsburg at 717-839-6049 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable divorce attorney.