On November 5, 2013, the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois and Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law on November 20, 2013. Palatine family law attorney Michael A. Meschino welcomes the opportunity to assist Illinois same-sex couples with their family law and marital planning needs.
With the passage of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law, Illinois joins a growing number of states that also allow same-sex marriage, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington, DC.
When the law takes effect on June 1, 2014, same-sex couples will be subject to the marriage, divorce, and other family law provisions of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, just like any other married couple. For instance, same-sex couples will have the right to marry, divorce, hold property as tenants in the entirety, make medical decisions on behalf of spouse, inherit property from spouse, sponsor a foreign national same-sex spouse for a green card, receive employee benefits from spouse, and be protected from creditors for marital home.
Illinois same-sex couples may wish to seek legal counsel regarding family law issues, such as premarital agreements, property division, and child custody issues, if they are planning to marry and Palatine family law attorney Michael A. Meschino stands ready to help same-sex couples through a number of legal issues.
“For more than 30 years, I have focused on helping clients in the Chicago area handle legal issues related to marriage, divorce, and other family law matters,” said Palatine family law attorney Michael A. Meschino. “I look forward to advising Illinois same-sex couples and helping them navigate the maze of marital laws to which they are now subject.”
Palatine divorce attorney Michael Meschino has more than 30 years of experience helping clients deal with marriage, divorce, and family law matters and he can advise same-sex couples on Illinois marriage and divorce laws. If you would like more information on Illinois’ same-sex marriage laws, contact Palatine divorce attorney Michael Meschino at (847) 991-7090.
The Law Offices of Attorney Michael A. Meschino representing clients in the following areas: family law (including divorce, property division, child custody and spousal maintenance), criminal defense...