Annapolis Same-Sex Alimony Attorneys Protecting Clients’ Interests
Skilled family law attorneys assisting LGBT clients throughout Maryland
On January 1, 2013, the Civil Marriage Protection Act went into effect in Maryland, affording same-sex couples all of the rights and privileges of marriage. Those same rights come into play when a same-sex couple chooses to divorce as well. Alimony awards and negotiations can become difficult and be complicated, as assets and other accruals often happened within the relationship, but before it was recognized as a legal marriage.
To feel secure in the knowledge that your divorce proceedings will result in a fair and reasonable alimony settlement, it is important to have a qualified Annapolis alimony attorney who understands the complexities of same-sex divorce as your advocate. For the experience and skill you require, look no further than Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, P.A, a long-standing law firm with experience and passion you can trust.
Same sex couples and alimony awards
Because alimony may be based in part on the length of a marriage, a man or woman who seeks alimony after supporting his or her partner for 20 years, but who—because of legislative obstacles—has only been legally married for three years, may not have a strong claim.
It is also important to consider that this law only applies to couples who were legally married in Maryland. If you and your partner legally married in another state before 2013, the judge will base his or her decisions on the date of your marriage. But for individuals who earned income, started retirement plans or state pensions in states that have not legalized same-sex marriage, there may be additional steps in order to divide those assets.
There are three different spousal support awards in Maryland:
- Alimony pendente lite. This award is granted while litigation is still pending, and is no guarantee of an award of alimony after the divorce is final. It is designed to help spouses who might struggle financially during the divorce process.
- Transitional alimony. Transitional alimony is awarded to help a spouse develop a skill or trade or further his/her education in order to become self-supporting. Most awards are limited in duration. The support payments begin after the divorce is final.
- Indefinite alimony. This type of alimony is awarded less often. The courts might consider indefinite alimony if one spouse is seriously disabled or chronically ill, or if the divorce will create an income gap between the two individuals which is grossly disparate.
Your Annapolis family law attorney should have substantial experience helping LGBT individuals through the divorce process and has represented clients through the complicated alimony process.
Attorneys focused on protecting LGBT clients’ rights during a Maryland divorce
Cynthia H. Clark & Associates, LLC proudly represents LGBTQ clients seeking divorce in Maryland and provides skilled litigation to clients across the state. The firm vigorously defends the rights and goals of all of its clients, offering practical guidance and helping to set realistic expectations about what to expect during the proceedings. For more information about same-sex divorce issues in Maryland or to reserve a consultation time, please call 410-921-2422 or fill out the firm’s contact form. The firm represents clients in Anne Arundel County and the surrounding areas.