New York State was one of the first states to legalize same-sex marriage when they passed the Marriage Equality Act in 2011 which permitted gay and lesbian couples to legally marry each other in the State of New York. As New York was at the forefront of this movement for equality, so was the firm of Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates . Our firm was one of the first firms in the country that had the opportunity to handle the new, unique, and complex issues involved in a LGBTQ divorce.
Two years later in June 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in United States v. Windsor. Based upon that ruling, the federal government is now required to treat legally married LGBTQ couples exactly the same as heterosexual married couples. This was a big win in the fight for equal rights for LGBTQ couples.
Pursuant to federal law, LGBTQ couples now receive all of the same benefits, rights, and privileges as heterosexual married couples. This drastic change in the law finally permitted LGBTQ couples to receive tax benefits, social security benefits, federal government employee benefits, power of attorney rights, health care decision making, and rights to inheritance as well as many other foreseeable advantages that benefit married couples. Our attorneys will take the time to review your rights, identify all of the potential legal issues, and work with you to develop a comprehensive solution to help you move forward. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will work hard to ensure that you receive all of the benefits that you are entitled to under all applicable laws.
Most recently, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States declared LGBTQ marriage legal in all 50 states. Gay and lesbian couples who are legally married are eligible to obtain a divorce from his or her spouse in the state of New York.
New York law does not differentiate between LGBTQ or heterosexual couples in a divorce or legal separation. LGBTQ divorces are exactly the same as heterosexual divorces in terms of the legal proceedings and consequences. Divorce concerns such as child custody , child support, visitation , spousal support , and equitable distribution must be resolved in a LGBTQ divorce through either a settlement agreement or a trial just as any other divorce.
However, LGBTQ divorces often have different and unique concerns which include how children learn to deal with the discrimination that they face in society when they have a parent who is transitioning from one gender to another or how to determine what your legal rights are for a child who was formally adopted by one spouse but not the other. Very few divorce firms in New York have experience dealing with this emotional and complex situations, however, the divorce attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen and Associates can walk you through every step of this process and will explain all of your legal rights in every aspect of an LGBTQ divorce.
Many family law attorneys in New York state have the ability and experience handling divorce cases. Few attorneys have the sensitivity, experience, and understanding it takes to effectively guide a gay or lesbian client through a divorce and all of the unique obstacles he or she may face. It is important to consult with the divorce attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates because they are experienced at dealing with the specific and unique concerns that LGBTQ couples face.
The experienced and professional divorce attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates are experienced at handling the unique issues involved in a LGBTQ divorce. Our divorce attorneys are accommodating and fully committed to the comfort of all of our clients.
Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates is at the forefront of the developing legal field involving LGBTQ couples and our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys take the time to understand all of the complex details of your situation. We understand that every situation is unique and we give each and every client individualized attention. Our office handles LGBTQ and domestic issues involving marriage, legal separation, divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, domestic partnerships, and prenuptial agreements.
The experienced attorneys at our firm are sensitive to all of the subtle nuances that make a LGBTQ divorce or legal separation unique, and we strive to guide our clients through this difficult time. We will work with you to set achievable goals which take into account all of your financial, emotional, and legal needs.
Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates proudly advertises and supports the Gay WhitePages and is a proud member of the NGLCC. Contact us today at 631-493-0278 to arrange a free consultation to discuss your case with a compassionate and knowledgeable attorney experienced in LGBTQ divorce.
After doing extensive research and my due diligence to find the right firm for me, Todd J Zimmer and Associates was 100% the right decision. I intially spoke with Todd who was sincere and sympathetic to my situation being I had a premature daughter and was heading into a custody battle. He said that his associate Stephanie Mathiesen would be representing me and assured me she is GREAT at what she does! I could write over and over praise for Stephanie, but for me the fact that my family and friends whom have stood by me during this difficult time have basically looked at Stephanie as a apart of my family instead of just being my lawyer. She has a passion and drive to do what is right for her clients, she has a amazing way of taking a hectic situation and pacifying it with out diminishing its seriousness. She has firey way about her and gets it DONE! She’s responds to all my emails and phone calls ASAP. All these stories and negative stigmas about attorneys are with out a doubt negated by Stephanie and the Zimmer Firm.
I can’t express enough how pleased I am with the services I received from Mr. Zimmer and his staff! This has by far been the most difficult period in my life. His caring demeanor and his professional staff made it so much more easier to deal with this awful period in my life. Mr. Zimmer was always there when I needed to speak with him. He took his time explaining the whole process step by step. He is such a hard worker and cares about his clients. He will fight for you and get you everything you deserve and more! I highly recommend Mr. Zimmer!
When dealing with the many unexpected twists and turns of a divorce, you need a law firm that is able to explain it all to you. Todd Zimmer and his staff were ever ready to respond to my questions and concerns. Todd emailed me himself on several occasions after 1 in the morning just to make sure I understood the next step. He walked me through the process, helped me feel at ease, and ultimately got me everything I needed in my settlement. He has even been available to answer questions and assist me after my divorce was finalized.
I just finished my divorce case and wanted to write a well deserved review for my lawyer, Todd J. Zimmer and his exemplary staff. They are truly a unique law firm that was attentive to my every need and concern while my wife and I were going through such a difficult time. Their attention to the details of my case, and ensuring I was well looked after 24/7 was a true illustration of the dedication of Mr. Zimmer and his caring staff, who each were beyond wonderful. There are not enough good words that can describe the care and professionalism that Todd. J Zimmer and his staff provide. Thank you Todd, as well as the rest of your staff for assisting me during such a chaotic time in my life. You delivered on everything you promised me and kept me grounded throughout my case. I also appreciated that while you were tough, you showed my wife great care and respect. I told you when we first met that was important to me and you never forgot. Thank you for everything!