Crafting Legal Arrangements For Same-Sex Partners

Same-sex marriage is now legal throughout the United States, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in June of 2015. In Pennsylvania, this form of marriage has been legal for about a year longer than that, since a federal court struck down a state ban.

For same-sex partners who can now marry, this is something to be celebrated. But if you are in a same-gender relationship and have substantial assets, it also makes sense to clarify and protect your property interests.

At Cognetti & Associates, we can help you craft sound legal arrangements so that a walk down the aisle doesn't leave you overly vulnerable to unexpected financial consequences. For over 35 years, we have provided sophisticated family law counsel to clients in high-asset and complex cases. Based in the Harrisburg area, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.

Is A Prenuptial Agreement Needed?

If you and your partner have been together for quite awhile before considering marriage, a prenuptial agreement to clarify your property interests may be in order. After all, you may have brought valuable property into the relationship, and you and your partner have probably acquired considerable assets during your time together. A prenuptial agreement is a way to articulate what happens to these assets and property interests in the event of divorce or death.

Prenuptial agreements can also address child custody issues in the event of divorce, as well as the rights of a surviving spouse at death. Our attorneys can guide you effectively through the process of determining your goals and implementing an effective solution.

To be sure, prenups are emotionally touchy sometimes, because you are often working on the prenup while also trying to plan your upcoming wedding. But it's important to be aware of what is at stake and take appropriate steps to create a sensible legal structure.

Resolving Financial Issues In A Same-Sex Divorce

If the time has come for you to end a same-sex marriage, an experienced lawyer from our firm can take steps on your behalf to arrange a fair division of marital property. In a high net worth marriage, there will likely be numerous aspects to this such as the valuation and allocation of interests in real estate, investment and retirement accounts, business interests and other assets.

Our law firm has a proven ability to handle these types of issues effectively on behalf of our clients. Collaborating with our network of accountants, tax planners and other financial professionals as needed, we will make sure your interests are protected.

Get The Experienced Legal Counsel You Need

To arrange a confidential consultation with a family law attorney at our firm, call 717-909-4060 or complete our online form.