Illinois law and federal law differ in regard to civil unions, sometimes referred to as domestic partnerships or same-sex partnerships. The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act gives same-sex couples joined by civil unions equal rights with married, opposite-sex couples.
Under federal law, however, same-sex couples do not have the same legal rights and protections. This is why it is vital, when contemplating the dissolution of a civil union, to engage the assistance and up-to-date legal counsel of a law firm skilled in this ever-changing area of family law.
At Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C., we are this law firm. Our Barrington same-sex partnership attorneys have decades of experience serving both same-sex and opposite-sex couples throughout the state. We also have a highly respected reputation for providing personal care and attention along with high-end, trial-ready representation.
Dissolution Of Civil Unions In Illinois
Because Illinois law confers the same rights on same-sex civil unions as it does on opposite-sex marriages, ending either relationship incurs similar challenges and choices. As a marriage can be severed by divorce, a civil union can be ended by dissolution, and the same issues will have to be addressed. These may include:
- Complex property division
- Division of pensions, 401(k)s and other retirement accounts
- Child custody and support
- Visitation rights
- Debt responsibility
- Other areas
Our attorneys not only assist same-sex couples with understanding the ramifications of dissolving a civil union under Illinois law, but we also guide them through the complexities of federal law as it pertains to such partnerships. We can explain how an individual's tax filing status and federal tax obligations may differ in regard to child support, alimony, government-based retirement plans, pensions and other issues.
Contact A Schaumburg Attorney For Civil Unions
To learn more about same-sex partnerships or dissolving civil unions in Illinois, consult the accomplished family law lawyers at Manassa, Neugebauer, Calzaretta & Stassen, P.C. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling our Barrington or Crystal Lake office at 847-282-4051 or 847-221-5511, or contact us online.