Washington Same Sex Divorce Lawyer
The law has made large strides in recent years. Great victories have been won at the highest levels of the nation. Washington state has been on the forefront of a lot of issues important to same-sex rights.
But you are not a gay man or lesbian who also happens to have a child. You are a father or a mother that is also gay or lesbian. Sometimes, the Court doesn’t see it that way. Same-sex couples still face prejudice and sometimes archaic treatment in the courts. Although same-sex marriage has existed in Washington since 2012, many courts and perhaps most family-law attorneys are not used to dealing with same-sex marriage and divorce.
That lack of familiarity can cause problems, particularly when it comes to child custody and visitation, dividing assets and spousal maintenance (commonly known as “alimony”).
We will help overcome bias and lack of familiarity in our court systems with our experienced, compassionate approach.
This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about LGBQ advocacy. This is about your child. The way our laws work means that if you didn’t provide DNA and didn’t get things legally square before a break-up, you could lose out on raising a child you committed your life to.
Or, maybe you are the biological parent. But your ex has skipped out on you after years of raising a child together. What can you do? The State may not be able to help you if you didn’t go through the adoption process formally (and now it is too late), but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost completely. In some circumstances you might be able to seek financial support from your ex and even work with him or her to fulfill an important role in your child’s life.
We will help you, your ex, and the Court focus on what is best for your child. Getting all of that organized and presented in a persuasive manner is crucial to you being a part of your child’s life. Ashby Law’s experienced legal teams can help you get the fair and equal treatment you deserve under the law. When you need a coach and a guide, we are there to help navigate the system. We have experience advocating for same-sex parents.
Whether or not you are the biological parent, we can help. We take a caring, compassionate approach to educating the court and advocating for the best interests of the child.
Give us a call. We can help!