White Plains Same Sex Divorce & Family Law Attorney

Compassionate legal representation

Divorce is an unfortunate reality for many couples. With the recent Supreme Court decision declaring same sex marriage is legal comes the inevitable need for same sex divorce guidance. The divorce process for both traditional and same sex couples is the same and requires the assistance of an experienced New York divorce attorney to guide you through the legal system from start to finish. At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, you receive full-service divorce representation concerning all same-sex divorce matters, including asset and property division, spousal support and child custody and support.

The grounds for divorce are the same for both traditional and same-sex couples

New York is a no-fault divorce state. This means either spouse may obtain a divorce by swearing the relationship between the parties has been irretrievably broken for at least six months. If an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage is not proven, a divorce may also be granted on the grounds of:

  • Cruel and inhumane treatment
  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • The imprisonment of one spouse for at least three or more consecutive years
  • Living separate and apart pursuant to a separation judgment, decree or agreement

If you and your spouse disagree about the reasons for divorce, you may have to pursue a contested divorce. The contested divorce process often takes longer and requires intervention from the Court to resolve conflicts.

Taking proactive steps to plan for the future prevents costly and stressful litigation

Arguably, no one gets married with the intention of getting a divorce. However, planning for unforeseen situations is the best way to mitigate the potential consequences which often arise when a couple is no longer compatible. Premarital agreements are an effective way for each spouse to understand and delineate their rights in the event of divorce. In addition, same sex couples that choose to have children are often required to use nontraditional means such as surrogacy or adoption. These types of arrangements may lead to additional hurdles and disagreements during the divorce process. Planning ahead for child custody and support arrangements decreases the need for costly and contentious legal battles. If you have questions about how a divorce may impact your rights and responsibilities, our knowledgeable Westchester LGBTQ family law attorney can help.

Contact our experienced White Plains same sex divorce attorney today for staunch advocacy

At the Law Office of Karen Jansen, your case is a top priority and you receive personalized legal guidance from a skilled New York same-sex divorce lawyer. We help you understand your options and make the best decisions possible. To schedule an appointment, call 914-821-5200 or send us an email. We offer affordable consultation fees and accept credit cards for your convenience. Located in White Plains, the office is convenient for clients throughout Westchester County as well as Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.