Family Formation & Relationship Law

Alternative Family Formation

With the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings that key aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) were unconstitutional, accompanied by the Court’s dismissal the same day of bar implementation of the lower court’s finding that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional, there has been an upheaval in California family law for LGBT couples. So, same-sex marriage is now legal in California, though litigation surrounding same-sex marriage continues unabated from its opponents.

A Historic Breakthrough for California Couples

Maya Shulman is excited about the changes now underway and are available to couples who now face the same family law issues, with the same matrimonial rights, as other California couples:

  • Property division

  • Division of retirement benefits

  • Child support

  • Spousal support

  • Child custody, visitation and move-aways

  • Tax considerations

  • Adoptions

We can assist couples in obtaining full matrimonial equality. Remember, if you already have a registered California domestic partnership, it must be dissolved before a marriage can occur. In the meantime there are numerous transitional issues to be dealt with, and you would be wise to engage one of Southern California’s most respected family law firms to protect your interests during this transition.

Some of the questions that have arisen include:

  • Ownership of property acquired before a couple was legally able to marry.

  • What are the tax ramifications to the unconstitutionality of DOMA?

  • LGBT military families are now eligible to share retirement benefits, and division in the event of divorce.

  • Family law and immigration law come together, where the married couple can now share permanent resident (green card) status.

Our history of respectful and effective work in securing and maintaining the rights of same-sex couples sets us apart from other firms.

Our clients include affluent and well-known couples in the San Fernando Valley, straight and gay. They know they can turn to the Calabasas same-sex family law attorneys at Shulman Family Law Group for the expertise and discretion they now require.

If your family issue is important to you, work with one of the most respected LGBT family law advocacy firms in Southern California. You are invited to call our lawyers to discuss your legal problem toll free at 800-230-1770—or contact us using this online form.