Same Sex Couples

The Law Offices of Elissa Griffith Waldron, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, can help same-sex couples create the legal infrastructure to protect their marriages and their financial well-being.

The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania recently struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages. Same-sex family law has taken a step forward in Pennsylvania, and we can help you chart this new territory.

Marriage is not solely a civil rights issue. When your marriage is recognized by the state, it becomes a legal bond with laws defining financial responsibility, parental roles and the manner in which property is divided in the event of a divorce.

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are now an option for same-sex couples in the state of Pennsylvania. The benefits they confer upon the financial and emotional well-being of any couple are significant. Especially for couples who may both already be established, with significant wealth or financial obligation, prenuptial agreements should be an essential part of your wedding plans.

A pre- or postnuptial agreement can thoughtfully and equitably lay out the division of property, money, vacation homes and other assets you own and, in the event of a dissolution, prevent dispute over issues such as alimony, child support and division of property.

It is a good idea to re-execute your estate plan so that it reflects your legal relationship. Cohabitation agreements may be made null by marriage — those need review.

We can help you plan from the perspective of an attorney with 22 years of experience in family law. We can point out options and pitfalls, make clear your rights and refer you to business and estate planning lawyers and other specialists when appropriate.

We invite you to contact our Allentown offices to speak to attorney Elissa Griffith Waldron to find out how same-sex family law can help you realize your family and financial goals.