Civil unions aren’t as widely used as they once were in Illinois; the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act of June 2014 granted all couples the freedom to marry. However, civil unions can still be a good choice for people who want some of the benefits of marriage. A civil union is a legal relationship that provides many of the same benefits and responsibilities that are provided to married couples in the state. Both gay and straight couples can be joined in civil unions.
A civil union is distinct legally from a domestic partnership, a cohabitation or domestic partner agreement or a same-sex marriage. If you decide to dissolve a civil union, you will have to go through a process similar to a divorce, with many of the same emotional and financial complexities. If you are considering entering or ending a civil union, just as in a marriage and divorce situation, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to advocate for you.
The seasoned and compassionate Illinois family law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. are well versed in the laws and issues concerning civil unions, marriage, and domestic partnerships. We always focus on our clients’ needs and feelings, and we work to clarify and resolve the problems you are facing in the most effective and efficient manner. We offer a free consultation to help you find the best solution for your individual situation. Call us today for your free consultation or contact us online.
Marriage is a legal status that is given to a couple by a state government and recognized by every state and nation around the world, and it provides more benefits than civil unions or domestic partnerships. Since same-sex marriages became legal, Illinois law treats parties to such a marriage and their children in the same way as marriages of opposite-sex couples. There are 1,138 federal rights and protections and 648 Illinois rights and protections for married couples and their families.
Some of the rights of marriage include:
A civil union is a legal status that provides many of the same protections as marriage, but only at the state level. If you are in a civil union, you do not receive federal protections, such as tax breaks and social security benefits.
Rights that you do have include:
A domestic partnership is also a legal status that gives some of the rights of marriage, but the rights and responsibilities are more limited.
If for some reason you do not want to be married, civil unions are still an option for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. Here are some facts you should know:
When dissolving a civil union, property is a major issue. As in a marriage, civil unions create the presumption that all property obtained is owned jointly and must be fairly divided. Also, the law allows partners to seek visitation and child and spousal support from one another.
Partners in civil unions are entitled to legal protection under domestic violence laws. If there are any agreements before the civil union formally commenced, the agreements would be treated the same as prenuptial agreements.
If you have questions and issues involving civil unions or marriages, or if you wish to dissolve your relationship, it helps to consult a family law attorney. The seasoned Illinois family law attorneys at Wolfe & Stec have extensive experience and handle all family law cases with sensitivity, respect, and discretion.
At Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., we made our reputation one client at a time. We always focus on our clients’ needs and feelings, and we work to resolve the issues they are facing in the most effective and efficient manner, putting every ounce of our ability into every case. Our lawyers take the time to understand your goals and concerns and then develop a legal strategy designed to achieve those objectives.
With office locations in Woodridge and Chicago, we represent clients throughout the entire Chicagoland area. Call our DuPage County family law attorneys today to schedule your free initial consultation or contact us online.