LGBTQ Divorce Lawyers in Tampa
Open Palm has experience dealing with the unique legal issues common to the LGBTQ community. Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Florida, so is same-sex divorce. Prior to that, many in the LGBTQ community only had contract law to protect them during their family issues. But just because same-sex marriage is now legal does not mean that this community no longer has different legal issues from the heterosexual community. The LGBTQ community faces unique issues regarding custody for those families who utilize adoption, a surrogate, or donation of genetic material for the creation of families because at least one parent has no biological relation to the child. The LGBTQ community also faces challenges in having their wills and living wills honored, as well as having access to their loved one’s medical records.
LGBT Family Law Solutions
Not only can Open Palm Law assist in same-sex divorces, but also in helping same-sex couples to create their families through adoption and surrogacy. Let us help your family.
FAQs for LGBTQ Divorce
May I obtain a same-sex divorce in Florida?
Yes. When same-sex marriage became legal in Florida, so did the right to divorce your same-sex partner.
Why is same-sex divorce important?
Certain laws that protect married people can be negative to folks if they want a divorce and are not allowed to obtain one. For example, in Florida, a person cannot completely disinherit their spouse or remove him/her as beneficiary of tax-free retirement accounts. Further, the IRS does not allow married people to file as “single,” which sometimes carries a tax penalty.
I am in a same-sex relationship, and my partner carried our child who has no biological relation to me. How do I protect my rights if my partner and I were to separate?
Now that same-sex marriage is legal in Florida, it is easier to protect a parent’s rights in this situation. Florida allows married people to adopt their spouse’s children through a fairly simple and inexpensive process known as step-parent adoption.
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“Joryn was simply amazing. Her supporting, consistent, honest, and most importantly – productive – approach was exactly what I needed to get through the process. A court trial was imminent if we did not have a successful mediation (the third one!), and no other attorney was able to focus the entire team like Joryn.”Danielle, January 2016
JORYN JENKINS | FOUNDING PARTNER,
TRIAL ATTORNEY, COLLABORATIVE ATTORNEY
Open Palm in Tampa, Florida is proud to present our firm’s founder, Joryn Jenkins. Please take a moment to read about her qualifications to assist you. We also invite you to view her resume.
In the beginning, Ms. Jenkins worked for one of the ten largest law firms in the country in its Washington, D.C. office. After nearly three years practicing in all aspects of regulatory law, she took a break from big firm life to work exclusively for one of her own clients on a class action involving more than fifty sex discrimination claims in California. When she returned to the East Coast, she accepted an offer from the state attorney in Tampa, E.J. Salcines (now an appellate judge). CONTINUE READING…