On November 20, 2013, Illinois became the 16th state to legalize same sex marriage; this historic legislation, known as the "Religious Freedom - Marriage Act" is effective June 1, 2014. After June 1, 2014, in Illinois, married gay and lesbian couples will be treated the same as married heterosexual couples. Illinois will also, for the first time, recognize same sex marriages performed in other states. Thus assuming jurisdictional requirements are met, same sex couples married in a state where same sex marriage is legal can get a divorce in Illinois.
Illinois has also enacted, “The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act” which became effective in 2011. Section 20 of the law states that individuals who have entered into a civil union are entitled to the same legal obligations, responsibilities, protections and benefits that are afforded to spouses under Illinois law.
Illinois Same-Sex Divorce And Civil Union Dissolution Lawyers
If you are faced with the prospect of a same-sex divorce or civil union dissolution, you can rely on the experienced family law attorneys of Lake Toback for the skilled and knowledgeable representation you require.
Our partners, Steven R. Lake and Alan Toback, bring to each case more than 50 years of experience in family law. We handle all issues that may arise in the course of your dissolution, including:
- Property division
- Child custody
We also assist LBGT clients with adoptions, estate and financial planning services, and post-decree modifications of child support, custody, visitation and maintenance.
Our attorneys are committed to resolving cases as amicably and efficiently as possible, especially in cases involving minor children, but we are also skilled trial lawyers who will vigorously protect your rights in the courtroom if necessary. As a client of our firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side.
Contact Our Illinois Civil Union And Same-Sex Divorce Attorneys
Lake Toback is located in the heart of Chicago's Loop. Our office is five blocks west of Lake Shore Drive and ten blocks east of I-90/94, at the southeast corner of Washington and Dearborn streets. To speak with a Chicago LGBT family law attorney at Lake Toback, call 312-288-8985 or contact us by email.