The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Information from a trusted Maryland Family Lawyer
June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled on four cases from four different
states, all collectively known as "Obergefell." In their decision, they declared that in all four cases—and
for all Americans—the Constitution guarantees the right of marriage.
The decision legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and was instantly
celebrated as a landmark civil rights victory.
For those in our LGBT community, the landscape of family law has now changed,
even for Maryland same-sex couples who were married prior to
Obergefell. At the
Law Offices of Cricket Browne, LLC, our team has always brought an unwavering commitment to family law and
divorce clients who come from both opposite-sex and same-sex marriages.
Now that the Supreme Court has made its ruling, we are excited to even
further extend our counsel to the Maryland couples who are finally having
their marriage rights fully recognized.
If you are facing a family law or divorce matter, then we invite you to
contact our firm today. Call 410.670.4939 to speak to us.
Same-Sex Marriage in Maryland
Maryland legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. However, that was a state
ruling that did not provide Maryland same-sex couples with federal marriage
benefits. Now that there has been the decision on
Obergefell, however, that has changed.
New federal marriage benefits for same-sex couples include:
- Social security benefits
- Federal employee benefits
- Military (and veteran) benefits
These, along with some tax considerations, are just a few of the many ways
a couple's financial circumstances might've changed since
Obergefell. As with any financial matter, these benefits also have the potential
to affect a family law case. For many, issues like child support, alimony,
or even a pre-nuptial agreement may have to be reconsidered due to these benefits.
If you believe that the Supreme Court ruling has a bearing on a current
or anticipated family law matter, contact our compassionate and proven
Maryland family lawyer for a
free consultation now. We are ready to hear your story.