Kane County Civil Unions Lawyers
Civil Unions Attorneys Serving Elgin, Batavia, and Aurora
Over the last several years, there have been several major changes to Illinois laws related to marriage and civil unions. Beginning in June of 2011, civil unions gained legal recognition for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. As of June 1, 2014, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act went into effect, making same-sex marriage legal in the state. In addition, federal legislation and high-profile court cases continue to impact these concerns. Therefore, it is very important for individuals and families to understand the evolution of such laws may affect their rights and relationships.
At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our team of legal professionals work hard to remain fully current on the ever-changing legal landscape of marriage and civil unions. We are prepared to bring that knowledge and experience to your related case.
Geneva Lawyers for Civil Union Conversions
Between 2011, when the Civil Union Act took effect, and the 2014 enacting of the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, a large number of couples entered civil unions. For the first year after the effective date of the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, couples in such a union were offered the opportunity to convert their unions to a marriage with a simple application. In doing so, the effective date of the marriage was to be made retroactive to the date of the civil union.
Those wishing to convert a civil union after the one-year period can choose to marry like any other couple. While the outcome of each scenario would be similar, the effective date of the marriage could have a major impact should the marriage end in divorce. The division of property and considerations for spousal support/alimony both take the length of marriage into account, potentially altering the end result.
Civil Union Dissolution in Kane County
A large number of marriages end in divorce; similarly, civil unions sometimes must be dissolved, as well. The dissolution of a civil union, in many ways, is very similar to a divorce and generally consists of the same legal considerations. As with divorce, ending a civil union requires the parties or the court to determine a number of issues, including:
- Property and asset division;
- Alimony/spousal maintenance;
- Child custody;
- Visitation rights and schedules; and
- Child support.
If one or both partners reside in Illinois, the civil union dissolution process can be conducted within the state. Difficulties may arise, however, for couples living in a state which does not recognize civil unions. Our attorneys can help you clearly understand your options and will work with you to end your civil union if it should become necessary.
To learn more about the application of laws related to civil unions or their dissolution, contact our office at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will answer your questions, explain your options, and help you decide how to proceed with your case. Located in Wheaton, IL, we are proud to serve clients throughout DuPage and Kane County and the surrounding areas.