Same Sex Marriage
With the advent of change in the Massachusetts laws allowing gay and lesbian couples the equal right to marry; so too those couples now share in the laws pertaining to divorce. For gay and lesbian couples, the issue of many years of cohabitation prior to the marriage takes on additional significance as often these couples have purchased real estate, bought cars, furnished homes etc. but prior to the Goodridge v. Commonwealth of MA decision, they were not allowed the ownership and property division rights of a married couple. For gay and lesbian couples, the number of years they have lived together may be a critical factor in the division of assets and liabilities. Also, married gay and lesbian couples have questions about continued health insurance coverage, their rights in the retirement funds of their spouse as well as parenting, child custody and child support issues.
Attorney Michelle M. Hansen has represented gay and lesbian couples in all matters of family law, including adoptions and co-parent adoptions, and she welcomes you to contact her for all of your family law issues.
If you are faced with the situation where your former spouse or partner is not following a Court Order or Judgment, you may be able to enforce the Court Order or Judgment through the filing of a Complaint for Contempt. The contempt complaint can refer to a temporary order or a final Judgment concerning parenting time, child support, visitation, custody, health insurance coverage, reimbursement of uninsured medical bills, distribution of property such as real estate, retirement funds and/or money.