Pittsburgh Same-Sex Relationships Lawyer

In May 2014, Pennsylvania became the 19th state in the U.S. to recognize same-sex marriage. Judge John E. Jones III of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage, stating that the law violated individuals' constitutional rights.

As a result, any same-sex couple that was married in a state that recognized same-sex marriage and now lives in Pennsylvania is recognized as legally married in Pennsylvania. Previously, such a marriage was not recognized.

The same laws that apply to divorce in Pennsylvania for heterosexual couples now apply for same-sex married couples. For example, in order to file for divorce in Pennsylvania, either spouse must have lived in the state for a minimum of six months. Property division and spousal support laws also apply now to same-sex married couples in Pennsylvania.

Helping Same-Sex Couples Navigate Family Law Issues

The lawyers at McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy in Pittsburgh represent same-sex couples in the full spectrum of family law matters. The new law allows same-sex couples to utilize legal tools that were previously unavailable to them such as prenuptial agreements. These agreements can help individuals protect assets that are brought into a marriage or address division of property in the event the relationship ends.

For more information about your rights or to discuss your specific situation with Pittsburgh same-sex marriage attorneys, contact us to schedule a consultation. We work with clients throughout Allegheny County and all of southwestern Pennsylvania.