Many things have been changing throughout the United States and in North Carolina regarding the legal rights of same-sex couples and LGBT families. The traditional family is being redefined in ways that have been long awaited by the LGBT community. Yet, this progress is not without its challenges. There is a lot of confusion and frustration in legal issues related to LGBT and same-sex couples' rights.
On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. This declared that all bans on same-sex marriages are unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples must be allowed the same freedom to marry as heterosexual couples, in all 50 states. At the same time, marriages from other jurisdictions must be acknowledged and supported in all others. Now, the LGBT community is free to enjoy the same challenges and legal issues, such as marriage, divorce, family law, prenuptial agreements, estate planning, adoption, non-traditional reproductive decisions, alimony, property division, child custody, and child support.
This is new territory for many, so it is important to seek out an attorney with the education on new and complex rulings in family law. A knowledgeable Charlotte, NC LGBT family attorney can make all the difference in your case.