Experienced in LGBT Divorce, Separation and Family Law Issues



On June 1, 2014, the State of Illinois recognized same-sex marriages. Previously, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act became effective on June 1, 2011; that Act allowed two people of the same or opposite sex to form a civil union.  Between  June 1, 2014 until May 31, 2015, civil unions could be converted to marriages.  If a union was converted, the  marriage  would be effective from the date of the original civil union.

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges recognized the fundamental right of marriage to same-sex couples.  Despite the passage of new laws and court rulings, there are still many legal issues facing gay and lesbian marriages, particularly if minor children are involved.

Now same-sex couples need legal representation concerning such issues as drafting pre-nuptial agreements, divorce and separation, allocation of parenting rights (formerly child custody) and parenting time, (formerly visitation), child support and maintenance.

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Annette Fernholz has counseled clients in same-sex divorce, adoption and other family law issues. Please call 312-683-0308 or email for a consultation.