Same-Sex Family Law

On June 26, 2015, same-sex marriages became legal throughout the United States. As with any marriage, LGBT partners in a same-sex marriage need effective legal management to assist them with the complex legal issues that face all married couples. At Raffaele Puppio, we welcome all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, and will do everything we can to help you and your spouse enjoy your new life together in Delaware County, the greater Philadelphia area, and beyond.

We can assist you with a variety of family law issues, such as securing a marriage license, drafting prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, estate plans, wills, divorce proceedings, and more. Even with the 2015 ruling in place, we know how the legal system may view same-sex marriages and will fight for your rights the same as we would for any couple.

If you are part of a same-sex couple – married or not – it is also important to understand your rights and those of your partner in the event of separation, divorce, or death of one of the parties. Child custody can be a particularly tricky issue, especially if one of the members of the couple is the biological parent of the child. Let our experienced team of family law attorneys help you tackle these issues and ensure your same-sex marriage is treated with the same dignity and respect as any union.

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From The Blog

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    October 3, 2018

    Three different types of spousal support exist in Pennsylvania: spousal support, alimony pendente lite, and alimony. When examining these types of support, the spouse with a lower income is often referred to as the “dependent” spouse. Spousal support is available only for parties who are separated but have not yet filed for divorce. After a... Read More...

  • Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce

    August 29, 2018

    When going through a divorce, your children need special attention before, during and after your divorce to help them get through this very difficult time. Published by the American Bar Association, “Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce” outlines ways of helping your children get through the struggle of divorce. The recommendations start... Read More...

  • Educational Decisions for Children After Divorce in Pennsylvania

    July 31, 2018

    When creating a custody order a court must make decisions regarding both physical custody and legal custody of children. Physical custody dictates who a child lives with and when. The State of Pennsylvania defines legal custody as, “The right to make major decisions on behalf of the child, including, but not limited to, medical, religious and... Read More...

  • Exclusive Possession of the Family Home in Delaware County, PA

    May 30, 2018

    During a pending divorce matter, the court has the power to award to a party the right to exclusively reside in the marital residence, otherwise known as “exclusive possession.” To be awarded exclusive possession of a residence the party must file a Petition for Exclusive Possession with the court. Unless both parties agree that that... Read More...

  • When You Can’t Be There in Person

    May 3, 2018

    Separation and divorce will change family lifestyles in a variety of ways, most profoundly in the amount of time spent with children. With the high rate of divorce, it is common for children to live apart from at least one parent, sometimes far away. Virtual parenting offers a partial solution to the problem of long-distance... Read More...

  • How to Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell

    January 24, 2018

    Thinking of creating even more havoc in your already contentious divorce in Delaware County? Then focusing on your own emotional destruction and playing games are sure to do the trick. Published by the American Bar Association, “Turn Your Case into the Divorce from Hell” is a worthwhile tongue-in-cheek read if you are in the process... Read More...

  • Marital Settlement Negotiations

    November 17, 2017

    During a divorce, your family law attorney is the advocate for your objectives. Divorce proceedings or child custody disputes can be especially emotional and challenging for the people involved, and it is imperative that family law attorneys have the skills to prepare their clients for the toughest negotiations. The American Bar Association published Planning for Settlement... Read More...

  • Divorce and Financial Considerations

    August 10, 2017

    The thought of divorce can trigger fear of the unknown and concerns about your future and the future of your family members. There are many questions to be answered, and all are related in some way to financial considerations involving the equitable distribution of marital assets including retirement savings, possible alimony, child support, attorney’s fees... Read More...

  • Dealing with Trusts in Divorce Cases in Delaware County

    May 18, 2017

    Trusts are a unique vehicle available to estate planning attorneys to accomplish a multitude of goals. They tend to be the longest and most complex of all estate planning documents. For even the most experienced family law attorney in Delaware County, ascertaining why a trust was set up in a certain way by the original... Read More...

  • A Snapshot of the Financial Considerations in a Divorce

    December 8, 2016

    Published in Family Advocate, Vol. 37, No. 1, (Summer 2014) p. 4-7. © 2014 by the American Bar Association. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the... Read More...