Legally Ending Your Domestic Partnership

Since the favorable U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2015 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage has become legal in all 50 states, including Florida where it once wasn't even recognized. But despite the passage of new legislation and the recognition of same-sex marriage as a civil right, same-sex couples in our state may still encounter roadblocks when resolving family law issues.

For same-sex couples, issues still arise concerning custody, property division and alimony. These issues only become more complicated in cases where a same-sex couple has decided to remain in a domestic partnership instead of getting married. This creates complex legal situations that require the help of a lawyer and possibly intervention from the courts.

Our Firm Handles Family Law Issues For Everyone

Whether you're a same-sex couple in a domestic partnership or have made the difficult decision to end your marriage, the law office of Michelle A. Barry, P.A., can help you take the legal steps you need to resolve your family law matters in the most efficient way possible while also helping you do what is in your child or children's best interests.

Guided by existing Florida family laws, we are able to help you address these common family law issues:

  • Property division — This is perhaps the most challenging part for long-term domestic partners because absent a prenuptial agreement, property division in domestic partnership situations may not quite follow state equitable distribution laws. This can create contentions and disputes that may require intervention from the courts.
  • Custody, visitation and support — Issues concerning child custody and child support are not exclusive to heterosexual couples. These issues can be harder to sort out, however, with same-sex couples.
  • Alimony requests — Florida alimony laws do not specifically call out domestic partners as eligible for alimony after a partnership ends, which may put financial strain on a spouse.

We Are Here To Be Your Guide And Support

Do not assume that you have to handle the dissolution of your domestic partnership on your own. Attorney Michelle A. Barry has years of experience helping domestic partners take the proper steps necessary to dissolve their relationships affordably and with the best interests of the children in mind.

Contact Us For A Consultation

To reach our law office in Longwood to make an appointment with a lawyer at our firm, call 407-622-4529 (toll free 888-351-8303) or send us an email. Initial A free 15-minute initial telephone consultation is available to discuss your case. Email documents to us prior to a call for the most beneficial use of your time. In-person consultations are available at a reduced rate that will be put toward a retainer. We accept credit cards.