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Spousal Maintenance

LGBT Spousal Maintenance in New York

Spousal Support Issues for Same-Sex Couples

Spousal maintenance is a complicated subject for gay couples due to the federal government's lack of recognition of same-sex marriage. Although matters relating to same-sex divorce are addressed as in a heterosexual divorce – through negotiation, mediation or trial – different issues and ramifications apply. Seeking the advice of a Long Island same-sex divorce lawyer is crucial to ensure your life does not fall apart if your marriage does. A well-versed attorney can advise you of your options and the positive and negative consequences of each and help you make informed decisions.

The tax implications of spousal support payments can be problematic for the parties of a same-sex divorce. Additionally, neither party may file for federal benefits. This can place divorcing gays and lesbians in a financial predicament which requires creative solutions to resolve. Our firm can advise on implications lack of federal recognition has on social security, federal pensions, COBRA and the like. We can advise as to how these should be taken into account in determining a spousal maintenance arrangement that is just and places neither party at an unfair disadvantage.

Gay & Lesbian Divorce - Attorney Sari M. Friedman

At Friedman & Friedman PLLC, Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of gay and lesbian individuals and protecting them throughout a divorce. The end of a marriage is hard enough without having financial trouble and unjust treatment causing additional worry and upset. We use our extensive experience in family law and knowledge of same-sex marriage legal issues to tirelessly pursue the best possible outcome for you. We provide compassionate, personalized service and tailor our solutions to your unique circumstances and needs. Our legal team can also help with prenuptial & postnuptial agreements to protect against spousal maintenance complications in the event of a divorce.

Contact a lawyer for advice and guidance on the financial aspects of your LGBT divorce in New York.

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