Compassionate Divorce Representation For Same-Sex Couples
The laws regarding same-sex marriage in Mississippi and nationwide have faced constant changes, which may leave you confused about your rights. I am attorney Rita Nahlik Silin, and I am here to guide you through the same-sex divorce process and help you understand your rights.
Since 2007, I have provided valuable family law guidance to clients in Ocean Springs. Silin Law Firm PLLC is one of the few local law firms with experience assisting same-sex couples with various family law concerns, including divorce. I understand how overwhelming the divorce process can be. I strive to provide a supportive and compassionate environment so that you can feel comfortable throughout the legal process.
Work With An Attorney Who Understands The Challenges You Face
Same-sex couples follow the same process for filing divorce as other couples; however, they may face additional challenges. Since the United States Supreme Court required all states to recognize same-sex marriage, the same states must also recognize the right to divorce.
In Mississippi, you can file for divorce under fault-based grounds or based on irreconcilable differences. A contested or fault-based divorce occurs when one spouse alleges misconduct such as adultery, desertion and cruel treatment. A divorce based on irreconcilable differences is an agreement between the parties that the marriage is broken beyond repair. In these cases, both parties want the divorce and can often work together to come to a settlement agreement on property division and child custody.
Since a 2016 federal court ruling, Mississippi must recognize adoption rights for same-sex couples. This means that the question of child custody and support is also a concern for divorcing same-sex couples. Just like in any other child custody case, the court will consider the best interests of the child in making a custody decision. However, if one parent has a genetic link to the child, the custody case can become more complex.
You need a divorce lawyer who understands the obstacles you face and who knows how to approach them. I will always take the time to get to know you and listen to your concerns. I understand how overwhelming filing for divorce can be. When you work with me at Silin Law Firm PLLC, you will have a dedicated advocate on your side through every step of the process.
Get Started On Your Case Today
In Mississippi, it can be difficult to find an attorney who has experience working with same-sex couples and the challenges they face. Silin Law Firm PLLC is one of the only law firms in the Ocean Springs area that focuses on this particular area of law. You can trust me to treat you and your family with the respect and compassion you deserve. To schedule a consultation, call me at 228-215-3080 or complete my online contact form to get in touch.