Same-Sex Divorce and Family Law

Despite the best of intentions and hopes, divorce is sometimes the only option for a couple. If you are facing a divorce, it is important that you know your options and how best to protect yourself and your future.

Same-Sex Marriage and Divorce: Understanding Your Options

At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, our attorneys represent same-sex couples facing divorce throughout Virginia. We provide compassionate guidance, but skilled and zealous representation of our clients' rights. Our lawyers understand how difficult these circumstances are, and we are dedicated to carrying the legal burden so that you can focus on healing.

We guide same-sex couples through all steps and terms of a divorce, including:

  • Property division — All property and assets held between the couple must be divided equitably. This means the court will determine how best to split assets and debt so that both spouses walk away with a comparable net value.
  • Child custody and visitation — If the couple has adopted a child, the court will seek a custody arrangement that is in the best interests of the child. Judges often look at which parent was the primary caregiver during the marriage, but generally strives to grant as much parenting time as possible to both parents. The court will take into consideration additional factors, including whether the child was biologically born to one parent and then brought into the marriage.

It is not uncommon for a same-sex couple to encounter some additional complexities in the divorce process, particularly since this is a relatively new legal option. Our lawyers are experienced in handling these divorces, and can provide knowledgeable and thorough explanations of your options and your rights, as well as innovative solutions for reaching a resolution.

LGBT Domestic Partnership Breakups

We are also experienced in handling the breakup of same-sex couples who were united through domestic partnership agreements. These matters have certain nuances that differ from a typical divorce. We will provide a clear understanding of your rights and how to protect yourself as you part ways.

For more information about same-sex divorce and domestic partnerships, please contact our Fairfax, Virginia same-sex divorce lawyers today at 703-648-8279.