Handling The Legalities Of A Domestic Partnership
As our society has evolved, nontraditional family arrangements have multiplied. Families involving nonmarried parents, extended families and same-sex spouses are now fairly common. These arrangements present some unique family law issues, as well as some of the same issues that traditional families face.
At my practice, Barbara J. Katzenberg, Attorney at Law, I have extensive experience helping people resolve nontraditional family law issues. These include those related to:
- Child custody and visitation for nonmarried couples
- Stepparent, grandparent and third-party adoption
- Domestic partnership agreements
- Same-sex divorce
- Many other family law matters
Call 508-471-3281 for a confidential family law consultation.
Serving Unmarried, Cohabitating Couples
If you are in a long-term, unmarried relationship and are living together, you may wish to consider drawing up a domestic partnership or cohabitation agreement. This can identify separate property (especially important when you own a home) and provide you with other benefits. I can create a domestic partnership agreement that recognizes the unique aspects of your relationship and protects your interests.
I also advise and represent nonmarried parents of children in child custody and visitation, paternity, child support and other family law matters.
Serving Same-Sex Couples Facing Divorce
Not long after the legalization of same-sex marriage, Massachusetts saw its first same-sex divorce. From a legal point of view, the issues in a same-sex divorce are the same as in the dissolution of a traditional marriage. The divorcing couple is experiencing the pain and emotional turmoil of the breakup of the relationship, but a number of outstanding issues must be resolved. There must be a division of marital property and possibly a child visitation arrangement and award of alimony. I represent clients in same-sex uncontested and contested divorce cases, providing diligent representation and compassionate counsel.
In a confidential and informative consultation, I can evaluate your situation, explain the legal process and discuss any unique issues that your case presents.