Civil Union & Same-Sex Divorce

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Civil Union & Same-Sex Divorce

December 5, 2015
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Denver Attorneys Handling Civil Union Matters

Navigating Novel Legal Issues

The Colorado Civil Union Act took effect in May 2013, permitting same-sex and transgender couples to achieve legal rights and recognition. Unmarried heterosexual couples may also enter into civil unions.

Civil unions convey many, but not all of the same rights, benefits and obligations as marriage. For example, couples united through civil unions enjoy rights relating to:

  • Medical decisions
  • Hospital visitation
  • Adoption
  • Inheritance
  • Insurance and family leave benefits
  • Survivor benefits under certain laws

Before civil unions were legalized, same-sex couples who were validly married in other states were unable to obtain divorces in Colorado. Now, they are eligible for dissolution of their unions as long as they meet the Colorado residency requirements. All other laws and procedures controlling traditional marriage — such as child support, child custody and maintenance — now control the dissolution of civil unions.

Leaders In Family Law · Cutting-Edge Legal Counsel

The full legal implications of civil unions may take several years to sort out as new cases make their way through the court system. At Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C., a boutique family law firm in Denver, our civil union lawyers are leaders in the field who remain on the cutting edge of developments in the law. Backed by more than 100 years of collective experience, we are prepared to handle new legal issues.

Our lawyers’ dedication to professional excellence has garnered them extensive recognition. Our firm has been consistently named one of the Best Law Firms in Colorado by U.S. News Media Group since this recognition began in 2010.

We provide knowledgeable representation for couples seeking to divorce under the Colorado Civil Union Act. We also represent clients pursuing separation under a domestic partnership agreement. Our attorneys possess extensive experience handling even the most complex divorce cases involving high net worth estates.

Contact Our Lakewood Civil Union Attorneys

For experienced legal guidance regarding civil unions, contact Polidori Franklin Monahan & Beattie L.L.C. at 303-936-3300. Our office is conveniently located in Belmar, just minutes from downtown Denver. We serve clients throughout the state of Colorado.

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