On June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires all 50 states to authorize same-sex marriages within their boundaries and recognize the marriages of same-sex citizens from other states.
The author of the majority opinion, Justice Kennedy, wrote that “Decisions about marriage are among the most intimate that an individual can make. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation.” (Obergefell v. Hodges).
Weisenburger Law Offices shares in your joy and celebration for the right for all persons to marry. However, we recognize that, unfortunately, relationships and marriages can break apart despite the best intentions. A same-sex divorce, dissolution, or legal separation can be even more tumultuous due to uncertain and unsettled legal rules. For example, the legislature in the State of Ohio has not yet clarified, defined, or updated some of the essential concepts in Obergefell:
The courts in Ohio have little to no guidance regarding these various legal questions given the silence of the legislature and the questions left unanswered by Obergefell. This leaves many in the LGBTQ community confused about how to resolve these complicated and sensitive matters.
Regardless of the unsettled legal landscape for the Ohio LGBTQ community, Weisenburger Law Offices assure you that the Court’s decision in Obergefell absolutely gives new legal protections for same-sex married partners and divorcing partners in the State of Ohio; specifically, access to domestic relations laws.
Our firm’s LGBTQ lawyer is keeping abreast of the developments of this new area of the law. She is a dedicated advocate determined to help you prevail in the complicated process of gay and lesbian domestic relations issues in Ohio, such as:
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