A Strong Advocate For Same-Sex Divorce
Thanks to a sea of changes in California and U.S. laws, marriage is marriage, whether the spouses are the same sex or not. Some disparities remain, however, in the divorce process, due largely to how little time has passed since same-sex marriage become legal.
Heidi D. Collier, APC, provides experienced divorce representation to all Californians, including those in the LGBTQ community. Attorney Heidi D. Collier, CFLS, remains up to date on all developments in same-sex divorce laws. As a board-certified specialist in California family law, she is prepared to guide you through these complex legal issues while protecting your rights every step of the way.
A Trusted LGBTQ Family Law Advocate
Same-sex couples face the same challenges in divorce and custody matters as any couple. As Ms. Collier guides you through the legal process, she will strongly advocate to place you in the best possible position regarding property division, child custody, child support and other family law matters.
She is also well-versed in areas of special concern for same-sex couples, such as:
- Establishing parental rights: Establishing parentage is a primary concern for many same-sex marriage partners who wish to take on the full rights and responsibilities of parenthood. While the husband is legally presumed to be the father in an opposite-sex marriage, this presumption does not apply to same-sex couples.
- Establishing marriage duration: If you and your spouse cohabitated before you could legally get married, it may be possible to count that time as part of your marriage duration when calculating alimony.
- Division of retirement assets: While the law requires companies and government agencies to treat same-sex couples the same as those of the opposite sex, vestiges of old biases may hamper your divorce. These problems may surface in the division of certain retirement assets and access to account and employment information.
Talk With An Attorney Who Is On Your Side
When you work with Heidi D. Collier, APC, you will have an experienced attorney on your side who will do everything in her power to protect your interests in divorce. To arrange a legal consultation with a knowledgeable same-sex divorce lawyer in San Diego County, contact the firm online or by telephone at 760-933-0503.