Equal Opportunity for Same-Sex Marriages in Florida
Historically, the recognition of marriages was decided by each state. After a long-standing state ban, legal recognition of same-sex marriage in Florida began in January 2015. Later that same year, the Supreme Court ruled that all states must license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and must recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out of state.
Today, gay and lesbian couples have all the rights and privileges as Florida’s heterosexual couples. For example, now someone in a same-sex marriage can designate a spouse as beneficiary in a state pension plan. And with all the rights and privileges also comes family law scenarios that may require legal representation.
With its beautiful beaches and long-standing reputation as a wedding destination, the state of Florida has seen an influx of lesbian and gay couples looking to marry. So if you have nuptials ahead, it’s a good idea to evaluate your current assets and ensure protection for yourself in the future. Prenuptial agreements are as relevant within same-sex marriage as they are for heterosexual couples. Here at Carl T. Boake, P.A., we ensure that all of our clients have equal access to these services.
At Carl T. Boake, P.A. we take great pride in giving expert legal counsel and courtroom advocacy to all clients, regardless of background or personal situation. Our policy on same-sex marriage has been one of immediate inclusion.
Into the Future
So, of course, same-sex couples have the same family law needs when it comes to adoption, children, custody, visitation, alimony and asset division. After all, there is much to consider going into a legal marriage. Our firm is ready to provide you with information and counsel regarding your specific needs. Call Carl and secure an appointment today.