The historic United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges decided in 2015 that marriage is no longer limited to heterosexuals. This expands the same rights and responsibilities to the LGBTQ community concerning marriage and divorce as those of a heterosexual marriage. However, there are unique challenges in LGBTQ marriages, particularly when minor children are involved. Ward Family Law, LLC has been an ongoing advocate for these basic rights and is well-versed in understanding and working through the complications that may arise.
Prior to the historic United States Supreme Court decision in 2015, the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act went into effect on June 1, 2011, making civil unions legal in the State of Illinois. This law allowed same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into civil unions and granted them the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits provided to spouses in a marriage, whether they came from statute, administrative rule, policy, common law, or any other source of civil or criminal law. Illinois recognized civil unions, which afforded same-sex and opposite-sex couples a legal status similar to marriage. Ward Family Law, LLC has handled the dissolution of civil unions and same-sex marriages and has the knowledge to provide you with guidance and answers during this process.