When same-sex couples separate, they face the same issues encountered by divorcing opposite-sex couples. However, since Georgia does not yet recognize same-sex marriage, same-sex couples must formalize their separation in a different manner. This process, referred to as domestic partnership dissolution, addresses property division and child-related issues just like a divorce, and it can (and should) be used regardless of whether the parties ever entered into a formal domestic partnership agreement.
Koehler and Riddick, LLC is a knowledgeable and compassionate metro Atlanta family law firm experienced in representing parties to domestic partnership dissolutions in the metro Atlanta area. If you are going through a domestic partnership dissolution, we can help ensure that your rights and assets are protected, and that the interests of your children are properly served.
Property Division in Domestic Partnership Dissolution
Since Georgia law does not specifically address same-sex partnerships, the principles of equitable division do not apply to domestic partnership dissolutions. As a result, former domestic partners must use alternative means to divide their joint property. If the parties have a formal domestic partnership agreement in place, this will often serve as a starting point for the allocation of property rights; however, it is virtually impossible to predispose of all the issues that come into play in even the simplest of property divisions.
Thus, regardless of the circumstances, it will generally be in your best interests to hire a knowledgeable Georgia family lawyer to advise you with regard to your property division. The Atlanta domestic partnership dissolution attorneys at Koehler and Riddick, LLC can ensure that all relevant concerns are addressed and prepare all necessary documentation to legally formalize your property division.
Child Custody, Visitation, and Support in Domestic Partnership Dissolution
If you and your former partner have adopted or given birth to children, you will need to address custody, visitation, and child support issues in connection with your domestic partnership dissolution. Please click the links provided to learn how the Atlanta domestic partnership dissolution attorneys at Koehler and Riddick, LLC can serve you in these areas.
Mediation and Litigation in Georgia Domestic Partnership Dissolution
If you and your former partner fail to reach an agreement regarding property division or child-related issues, you will need to resort to mediation or litigation to complete your domestic partnership dissolution. We provide focused and effective advocacy on behalf of our clients in dispute resolution proceedings.
Contact an Atlanta Domestic Partnership Dissolution Lawyer
To speak with an Atlanta domestic partnership dissolution attorney, contact Koehler and Riddick, LLC today. While Georgia law does not currently provide a framework for same-sex dissolutions, we understand that the needs of same-sex couples when ending a partnership are no different than the needs of opposite-sex couples.