Florida courts now recognize same-sex marriages the way they do any other type of marriage. However, prejudices may still exist on a social level. After all, as mentioned in one of our recent articles, this state had a ban on same-sex unions before the Supreme Court deemed such laws unconstitutional.
At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., we represent our divorce clients with the goal of securing fair treatment under the law. For many, one of the most important issues — and one which still is in danger of being affected by legally irrelevant social prejudice — is child custody.
Florida courts determine how to allocate child custody based on the best interests of the child. Both parents typically also have a voice, as the law presumes that parents have their children’s best interests at heart. However, this privilege would only be available to you if you were the child’s legal parent.
Up until recently, this fact complicated some divorce cases between same-sex couples. For example, the court could have treated a non-genetic parent as an unrelated person. Due to landmark federal ruling, same-sex parents now have the same rights as mixed-sex parents in this regard.
This does not mean your divorce would be easy, but you should certainly not have to deal with bigotry or prejudice. Deciding the best future for your children will be difficult enough without those extra added stressors.
We represent our clients with dignity, tenacity and compassion as they navigate the most complicated transitions of their lives. We also do our best to make sure nothing gets in the way of securing the best possible futures for their families. Please continue on our main website to read more.