Many lawyers are gay- friendly, but not many lawyers are as gay- knowledgeable as Steven J. Mandel.
Steve Mandel was a pioneer in the New York Marriage Equality Movement as a longtime proponent of equal rights. He and the other attorneys of The Mandel Law Firm proudly marched across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of this cause, and they have the t-shirts to prove it!
Fairly Handling LGBT and Same-Sex Family Law Issues
New York state now recognizes the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry, and the federal government has partially acknowledged those rights with the recent Supreme Court decision regarding DOMA.
Unfortunately, some states have yet to extend these rights to same-sex couples. Consequently, gay, lesbian, bi and transgender individuals do not have the same legal protections and allowances as heterosexuals. As a result, issues relating to custody of children, division of property upon separation, spousal maintenance, HIPAA regulations and health care directives may be much more difficult for same-sex couples.
Finding Family Law Solutions That Work
While we continue to wait for marriage equality to become the law of the land throughout the entire United States, legal options do exist which effectively provide similar legal protection to same-sex couples as to heterosexual couples. The New York City family law attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm will help you and your partner prepare contracts, wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, partnership agreements and other documents to legally protect your rights as a couple throughout the entire United States.
Contact us today to meet with a passionate legal team that is proud of marriage equality in New York and is ready to work with you protect your rights as individuals and couples.
"Our legal system works. The trick is to find an attorney who knows how to make it work for you." — Attorney Steven J. Mandel
Our LGBT family law attorneys have the knowledge, experience and sensitivity necessary to answer questions and handle the variety of legal issues specifically faced by same-sex couples who wish to cement their bonds legally:
- We know how to prepare prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements that will be enforceable within New York and also enforceable outside of New York state, in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage.
- We help same-sex couples maximize all legal rights after legally marrying in New York
- We prepare contracts for transgender/transsexual individuals which identify and enumerate their rights.
- We explain the consequences of living together (cohabitation) agreements, including sharing of expenses.
- We draft contracts for ownership of real property purchased together, including payment of expenses and ultimate percentages of ownership where appropriate.
If there are children involved, adoptions and second-parent adoptions can protect the legal rights of these children and their non-biological parent, allowing the adoptive parent legal standing to seek custody and visitation. We can help with:
- Donor insemination agreements
- Rights of non-biological parents with respect to visitation and non-biological parents' obligations of financial support
- Non-biological parent and second-parent adoptions
- Parenting agreements between biological parent and second parent
- HIPAA regulations and health care directives, including last wills and testaments and durable powers of attorney
Protecting Your Partner, Children and Assets
Gay and lesbian couples who have prenuptial, postnuptial or cohabitation agreements, including sharing of expenses, tenancy agreements or otherwise documented legal relationships, are in a better position should they decide to terminate their relationship than those who don't, since they have already discussed and agreed upon most of those issues that would arise upon termination.
However, even if you do have these types of document in place, your partner may still sue you for a division of marital or partnership assets, including any equity acquired in your home during your relationship, any earnings on investments during that time and interest earned on your bank accounts. Our firm can help you resolve all of the following issues:
- Gay and lesbian divorce
- Custody and support of children (including biological and nonbiological children)
- Pet custody issues
- Dissolution of long-term relationships
- Reallocation of assets
- Transfer of real estate and other property
- Same-sex domestic violence
Leaders in Gay and Lesbian Family Law
Steven Mandel is a recognized leader in the field of same-sex marriage. In addition to appearing regularly in the media, he presents Continuing Legal Education courses at Law Schools and Bar Associations, where he teaches other lawyers the fine points of this ever-changing field of law.
"It's so much easier to keep you out of trouble than to get you out of trouble." – Steven J. Mandel
Recently, a number of important legal developments have occurred regarding same-sex marriages. Although the federal government has made a national decision, the laws in many states are still in flux, often making it necessary to combine contract law, family law, HIPAA regulations and health care directives in order to create solutions that work for our gay and lesbian clients. Our broad-based experience allows us to apply a wide range of tools to avoid a dispute before it happens, or resolve one that has already developed and to otherwise protect your rights.
At The Mandel Law Firm, we're poised on the cutting edge of development in this area. We follow cases on a daily basis in order to use new legal precedents to advance our clients' cases. For many years, we have successfully been involved in such matters as these.
Schedule Your Consultation Today With a Manhattan LGBT Family Law Attorney Serving the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and the Surrounding Areas
Let us help protect you, your partner, your children and your assets from unnecessary and unforeseen circumstances before they arise.
The Mandel Law Firm believes that love knows no gender. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to help you assert your rights and to ensure you are fully protected. Contact us today online, or by telephone toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868 to learn more in a free consultation.