In the United States today, many couples are choosing not to get married but remain in committed relationships. Many of these couples desire the option to have partnership agreements even though they are not bound to a marriage decree.
At Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., our lawyers offer legal services to same-sex and unmarried couples. We can help couples face tough decisions concerning property division, domestic partnership, child custody and more.
Many unmarried couples do not realize that they can maintain their rights through a partnership agreement. This agreement explains the determinations and responsibilities of an unmarried couple.
Some options available to unmarried or same-sex couples are as follows:
A partnership agreement can be extremely valuable for unmarried couples. If the couple decides to end the relationship, all preferences concerning property and other responsibilities will have been addressed and documented. Our lawyers can help couples arrange a partnership agreement that fits their unique lifestyle.
In Illinois, unmarried couples can simultaneously adopt a child. This is the same service available to married couples.
Although same-sex marriage is not legal in Illinois, adoption by a same-sex couple is. In Illinois, both parties in the same-sex relationship must file a petition for adoption. Once the adoption goes through, both parents have equal rights in parenting.
If the same-sex adoptive couple separates, determinations about child custody and child support have to be made. The child will have legal relationships to one or both parents. Proceedings follow the same guidelines as a married couple, with regard to the rights of the child.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our family law attorneys, contact us online or call us at 630-305-0222 or 312-388-7882.
We also offer legal services regarding prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
During trial four experts all testified against our client the Judge found it was in the best interest of the child that our client be awarded custody. We have successfully represented clients in numerous child custody cases.
We recently analyzed a case whereby the opposing side was seeking a substantial award of maintenance against our client. After a thorough review of the facts and circumstances and several hearings, our client’s obligation to pay maintenance was limited to two years at half of what his former spouse was seeking.
After our client voluntarily changed employment we were able to obtain a substantial reduction in child support payments. We have also stopped such reductions when representing clients receiving child support.