Connecticut Same Sex Marriage Attorney
Westport Gay Couples Lawyer
Issues Affecting Same Sex Marriages in Connecticut
Under the laws of the state of Connecticut, same sex couples have the same rights as more traditional couples, and they now have the right to marry. Even though same sex couples can legally marry in Connecticut, there are still many issues to be decided in the event of a divorce, and the relative newness of same sex marriage means that there is little precedent for how similar issues have been decided in the past.
There are many special issues affecting same sex married couples, and the attorneys of Freshman & McGlynn, LLC would like to advocate for you and your children. We stay abreast of the latest changes in Connecticut and at the federal level, and help you protect your right to marry whomever you please, and live where you want as a couple.
Contact an attorney at Freshman & McGlynn, LLC in Westport, Connecticut, to learn more about the services we offer to same sex couples.
Same Sex Marriages under Federal Law
Federal law was amended in 1996 to include the Defense of Marriage Act, which does not recognize same sex marriages (the act specifically defines marriage as only being between a man and a woman). Since federal laws impact taxes, social security, retirement and other benefits offered by the federal government, this is a very important distinction. Same-sex couples cannot file their federal taxes as a married couple; they can, however, file state taxes in Connecticut that way. Also, since the federal government does not recognize same sex marriage, should one spouse die, the surviving spouse is not qualified for Social Security survivor benefits.
Same Sex Marriages under Connecticut Law
Connecticut now recognizes same sex marriages as legal. The state also recognizes marriages legally performed in other states.
The best interests of children of same sex couples need to be protected in the event of a custody dispute, just as those of heterosexual couples do. The legal consideration given to same sex parents ranges widely from state to state, so it is wise for any couple to consult with an experienced attorney when they plan to have a baby or adopt a child, particularly if you plan on moving from Connecticut in the near future.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
Here at Freshman & McGlynn, LLC, we believe that gay couples are entitled to the same financial and social benefits enjoyed by traditional married couples.Contact us online or call us at 203-222-8686 to learn more about your rights and legal options. A qualified lawyer can help you navigate the legal hurdles that same sex couples face at every stage of a relationship.