LGBTQ Representation

Schiller DuCanto & Fleck’s civil union and same-sex divorce attorneys in Illinois understand the unique challenges in gay and lesbian marriages.

LGBTQ Marriages

In 2015, the United States Supreme Court awarded same-sex relationships the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual couples, including the right to marry. Despite this pivotal moment in LGBTQ history, even gay and lesbian marriages dissolve for various reasons. If you need a same-sex divorce attorney in Illinois, you can count on Schiller DuCanto & Fleck to be sensitive to the unique challenges you face in your separation. Our experience gives us the knowledge to guide you toward a fair and equitable agreement.

Civil Unions

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Unions Act became effective on June 1, 2011. This made Illinois one of only eight states at the time to pass legislation that gave civil unions the same state-level rights as married couples. In Illinois, civil union divorces are often complicated because there are many conflicting laws regarding each partner’s financial responsibilities. For example, when one party pays spousal support in a civil union breakup, these maintenance payments are not deducted from their total income. This can create a heavy tax burden, so it is important to have an attorney who understands these unique issues and can advise you accordingly. At Schiller DuCanto & Fleck, we stay up to date with current civil union laws and procedures so that we can aid our LGBTQ clients to the best of our ability.

We represented a party in the first civil union dissolution case filed in Sangamon County. All of the Chicago family lawyers in our three offices are experienced in the area of civil unions, LGBTQ marriage, and same-sex relationships, whether an action relies on the rights guaranteed by the Dissolution of Marriage Act or arises through the principles of contract law. We represent clients in same-sex relationships in complex financial and parenting matters (formerly, custody). Our same-sex divorce attorneys in Illinois help protect parental rights and property interests in order to obtain the most favorable outcomes possible. Contact us today for a consultation.

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