Same-Sex Rights and LGBT Family Law in Arizona
Same-sex marriage is not yet legal in Arizona. However, some small towns across the state have been working to pass civil union ordinances that allow civil unions for same-sex couples.
Whether you and your partner are planning a civil union, were married in another state or have simply committed your lives together, it is important to understand your rights under federal and state family laws. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, we are committed to helping same-sex couples understand their rights and plan for the future of their families.
Arizona Law Vs. Federal Law
Under Arizona law, same-sex unions and marriages are not recognized. This means that the laws that protect traditional marriages do not apply to same-sex couples. If you were married in another state and moved to Arizona, this can impact your rights in divorce, custody, child support and in other legal issues involving the family, which are primarily governed by state law.
At the federal level, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was recently found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Therefore, federal laws treat all married couples the same, whether of the same sex or opposite sex. In the area of family law, this means that federal pensions and military benefits can be extended to same-sex partners and divided in a divorce.
Since the federal and state laws differ, and the law is continually changing, it is important to seek up-to-date advice from an experienced lawyer. At The Baker Law Firm, LLC, we stay current on the issues that face same-sex couples in the area of family law. We can provide you with advice regarding a separation, divorce, custody issue or any other family law issue that you may face.
Contact an Experienced Family Law Attorney in Phoenix
To speak with a lawyer at our firm about your rights and your legal options, contact us online or call us at 602-842-0359. We will answer your questions and help you find a solution to the family-related legal issues you face.