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Fishers Same-Sex Marriage Counsel

Preserving Your Equal Rights

The legal landscape for same-sex couples is constantly upgrading and changing in the state of Indiana, and the country as a whole. That being said, same-sex couples unfortunately still have a few legal obstacles in their way in pursuit of their rights and privileges. Because of these obstacles and uncertainties, our family law attorneys at Massillamany Jeter & Carson ardently advocate for our clients’ rights and help them navigate through this sometimes complex and ever-changing process.

Have questions? Contact us online or call us at (317) 434-1490 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Fishers same-sex marriage lawyers today.

Since 2014, the validity of same-sex marriages has been recognized in all 150 states. As a result, same-sex couples can now enjoy the rights and privileges that come with marriage. This includes:

  • Testimonial privilege for spouses;
  • Joint tenancies in real property;
  • Inheritable retirement benefits;
  • Certain health insurance benefits; and
  • Adoption rights.

Protecting Your Rights in Divorce

As a corollary, same-sex couples are also exposed to the liabilities of marriage as well. This includes divorce and/or legal separation proceedings, including:

  • Property division;
  • Shared liability for debts;
  • Spousal maintenance; and
  • Orders regarding child custody, support and parenting time.

Parentage Rights Are Uncertain

Indiana’s paternity laws make same-sex parentage or parental rights a complicated legal issue. Under current Indiana law, only a father’s parentage can be legally established through a paternity lawsuit. There is no legal question regarding the mother’s parentage. However, a valid birth certificate requires identifying the biological mother and father. As a result, same-sex couples who decide to conceive a child through artificial insemination and surrogacy cannot establish legal parentage for both partners.

Get Sound Legal Advice from Our Fishers Family Law Attorneys

Legal issues involving the family can be complicated regardless of sexual orientation. Here at Massillamany Jeter & Carson, our team of family law attorneys is dedicated to providing you with personalized legal services that suit your needs.

For information, schedule a free consultation on our webpage or by phone at (317) 434-1490 with Massillamany Jeter & Carson today.

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