Same-Sex Couples: How to Get Married in New York

New York City Same-Sex Marriage Lawyer

The New York State Legislature finally passed the Marriage Equality Act. As of July 24, 2011, county clerks throughout New York began issuing marriage licenses and providing civil marriage ceremonies to gay and lesbian couples.

The legality of marriage and family structure has been redefined in the 21st century. Steve Mandel, a divorce attorney, is at the forefront of that change. We encourage you to read the rest of the story or contact us at The Mandel Law Firm to learn more about how we welcome the opportunity to help you solidify your relationship legally.

Prenuptial Agreements for Gay and Lesbian Couples

Prenuptial agreements for gay and lesbian couples need to be crafted differently from those for heterosexual couples. That is why you need an attorney who is not only "gay-friendly" but also "gay knowledgeable."

The general legal principle guiding the consideration for a prenuptial agreement is the marriage itself. That works perfectly well in a state such as New York which recognizes same-sex marriage. But what if a same-sex couple gets married in New York but then moves to a state where their marriage is not legally recognized? In that event, would the terms of the "prenuptial agreement" be recognized and enforceable, particularly concerning such things as real estate interests, promises of future financial support, etc.?

While the laws of this country are still evolving, the experienced same-sex marriage attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm know how to best protect you, wherever you may choose to ultimately live.

As you can see, prenuptial agreements are not just for the rich or heterosexual couples anymore. As you are making your wedding plans, there are many practical matters that must be considered before you walk down the aisle. The attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm will knowledgeably and sensitively guide you through the process of creating a prenuptial agreement to serve your specific needs.

Cautious couples who want to take advantage of these LGBT marriage rights in New York and other states are using these agreements to protect themselves from a spouse's debts, to protect a family business and to provide for children from other relationships. These agreements can also be used to limit or expand possible inheritance rights, to identify assets that are or will be considered "separate" or "marital" in nature, and, in other words, establish what will happen in the event of a divorce.

Estate Planning

Even if a same-sex couple is legally married in New York state, it may not be recognized in another state. The lawyers at The Mandel Law Firm understand these changing laws and know how best to advise you so that your assets, and your loved ones, may be best protected.

An old Chinese proverb sums it up best by stating: "We live in interesting times." We certainly do! The attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm have been at the forefront of LGBT issues and celebrate the passage of New York State's Marriage Equality Act.

Contact a Manhattan Same-Sex Couples Attorney — Schedule Your Consultation Today

Contact us online or by telephone at (646) 770-3868 to speak with a New York City lawyer experienced in LGBT same-sex marriage issues to learn how to best make this new and exciting law work for you.