Pennsylvania has recognized same-sex marriages since May 2014 when a U.S. federal district court judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s 1996 statutory ban on the recognition of same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Before then, Pennsylvania prohibited same-sex marriage and refused to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. In June 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions. This significant decision legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States.
Just as same-sex couples have the right to marry, they have the right to divorce. At the Blue Bell law firm of Shemtob Draganosky Taylor, our attorneys are experienced in same-sex divorces and are committed to providing dedicated advocacy for same-sex couples. Contact us to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns with a skilled family law attorney.
Adoption and Child Custody Rights
Pennsylvania recognizes same-sex adoption. However, even if there has not been an adoption by one partner, same-sex couples may have established significant relations with a child, whether or not it is their biological or adopted child. The attorneys at Shemtob Draganosky Taylor are able to counsel same-sex couples regarding adoption matters and other child custody concerns.
Philadelphia Domestic Partnerships
Please note, the city of Philadelphia offers a domestic partnership registry which is available to residents of Philadelphia or couples where one them works in Philadelphia.
For more information about your legal rights or to discuss your particular situation with a family law attorney at our firm, contact us to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, and Bucks Counties.
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