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 Office 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.
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