In the past decade the LGBTQ community has made substantial progress in marriage equality and societal acceptance. The Supreme Court finally struck down DOMA and other discriminatory laws that were preventing marriage equality, allowing same-sex couples the right to marry in all 50 states. That right finally exists here in Pennsylvania as well.
For as liberating as that is for so many of us, the realities of marriage are still the same. There are good times and bad. We fall in love and divorce just like our cisgender, heterosexual peers do. Custody disputes exist, as does abuse and domestic violence. For all of these situations, Pennsylvania law applies to us the same as it does to everyone else.
As an attorney specialized in Pennsylvania family law and as a member of the community herself, Lauren D’Alessandro understands the various LGBTQ issues and has the legal skills necessary to represent you in your familial dispute. Lauren has negotiated numerous family law orders and has extensive knowledge of the LGBTQ community. She will use that experience to assist you. Contact her to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards resolving any family law issues you have.
As stated previously, the law applies to us the same way it does to the rest of society. We have the same divorce proceedings, custody disputes, equitable distribution conflicts, and the like. If you are in the LGBTQ community and are experiencing any of these issues, hiring an attorney that accepts and understands the nuances of the community will greatly benefit you.
While we have made substantial progress in marriage equality and other familial rights, an area many minors in the community struggle with is parental acceptance. Some parents refuse to allow their children to be who they are, which causes immense stress and turmoil in the child’s life. When one parent supports their child and the other doesn’t, preventing the non-supportive parent from harming the LGBTQ child can become difficult without legal action.
In these situations, court action may be appropriate. Supportive parents can fight to obtain sole or primary custody over the child to minimize the harm the non-supportive parent causes. If custody is granted, you may be able to protect your child from significant trauma. Given how emotional and impactful these proceedings can be to a child, hiring an attorney who will accept and have compassion for you and your child is so important.
Adoption and parental rights proceedings are just as difficult and complex for us as they normally are. We have to comply with the same rules and regulations cisgender, heterosexual couples do. However, since we often have to adopt or use other means of reproduction in order to have children, adoption and parental rights issues are more prevalent in our community than with society at large.
There are a few issues in particular which are sadly common with the LGBTQ community. A parent may try to claim that since they were not the one who gave birth or donated sperm they should not be subjected to caring for the child or paying child support. Alternatively, one parent may try to use those same facts to try to terminate the other parent’s parental rights in order to deny that parent access to the child. If either of these scenarios apply to you and you want to prevent them from coming to fruition, seeking legal counsel is crucial.
Regardless of the area of family law you are litigating, hiring an attorney experienced with the LGBTQ community and specialized in family law is crucial. Attorney Lauren D’Alessandro represents clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County, and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. Her office is located in Newtown and she invites you to contact her to schedule a consultation. You can contact her here. She looks forward to hearing from you!