Lansing Family Law Attorney Helping LGBT Couples in Mid-Michigan
Same-sex couples often face additional issues when it comes to handling legal issues surrounding adoption, divorce, custody arrangements and the payment of child support. At Grewal Law, we are ready to help you handle these issues facing your family.
Our experienced lawyers will be by your side throughout the entire legal process. The LGBT lawyers at our firm will be there with you when you are facing these difficult issues. Call us for your free consultation at 517-393-3000.
While serving as your legal counsel, we can help you and your spouse help you understand all the legal aspects related to surrogacy. For many same-sex couples, surrogacy is the only option to have a biological child therefore, it is essential to understand how state law’s will impact the process. We will walk you through the restrictions outlined in the Surrogate Parenting Act which prohibit a surrogate from receiving compensation for carrying a child.
We will also ensure both parents have rights to the child through the Equitable Parent Doctrine. As your attorneys, we can also help you through the step-parent adoption process for the spouse who is not biologically related to the baby. Contact us for help throughout the entire surrogacy process including arranging for pre-birth parentage orders through the handling adoption of the child by your spouse.
Many LGBT couples struggle with understanding when a second parent or step-parent adoption is necessary for their families. If you are in a same-sex relationship where children were born into your marriage or where you adopted children prior to 2015, you may need to go through the process of a step-parent adoption. At Grewal Law, we can help you decide if a step-parent adoption is necessary in order to protect your child’s future. We will also walk you through the adoption process in Ingham County including helping you prepare all the necessary paperwork need when going through the court system.
After the 2015 Obergefell case, same-sex couples gained the right to have a legal marriage in Michigan. With marriage equality, came the right for LGBT couples to obtain legal divorces. As your Lansing divorce lawyer, our team at Grewal Law will be by your side throughout the entire divorce process. Michigan is a No Fault state which means either spouse can get a divorce without proving fault of the other party for the marriage’s breakup. The only requirement for No Fault divorce is that one person states there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.
While serving as your attorney we can help you handle issues regarding property division along with child support and custody. We are ready to help you at any point during the divorce process from filing the paperwork with the court system to following up on post-judgement divorce issues. Call us today for help with your case.
Under Michigan law, property is equitably divided when a divorce takes place. There are certain factors that impact the ability of your spouse to stake claim to a piece of property. As your expert divorce attorney, we will fight to protect your assets. There are certain exceptions to the equal division of property including assets inherited during your marriage or other assets purchased prior to your marriage. We will ensure these exceptions are followed and that you maintain your property rights.
Making decisions related to child custody arrangements can be difficult for families. Every parent wants to have parenting time with his or her child. While serving as your family law attorney we will fight for your right to visitation with your child through the Child Custody Act. We will help you understand the different custody arrangements and will help you decide which is the best option for you when moving forward with an agreement.
You deserve time with your child and we will fight for your rights for visitation even if the child is not biologically yours or if a stepparent adoption has not taken place for the child.
Child support is typically determined by child custody arrangements in place for your family. As a second parent, you may not have a financial obligation to care for the child if a second parent or stepparent adoption has not taken place. Typically, if a parent does not have legal rights to custody they will not have a financial obligation to the child either.
However, if your spouse legally adopted your child he or she will have a financial obligation to provide support for the child’s care. As your attorney, we will help you understand the Michigan Child Support Formula and how it will impact the amount of support you will receive for your child. Dealing with child support agreements can be extremely stressful, contact us today to handle your case.
Hire an Experienced LGBT Lawyer in Lansing, MI
Issues regarding child custody arrangements and custody for LGBT families can be complicated. At Grewal Law PLLC our experienced attorneys are ready to handle your case. We will help you handle any obstacles facing you and your family. As your legal counsel, we will protect you and will help you navigate the legal system to help your family reach the best outcome for everyone.
If you are a same-sex couple looking for a lawyer, contact Grewal Law at 517-393-3000 for your no obligation quote.