Many of the laws and public norms in Minnesota were established with the “traditional family” in mind. Many of the statutes in place assume that a family consists of a mother, father, and children. However, in May of 2013, a bill was signed into law legalizing same sex marriage in Minnesota. We understand that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples deserve to receive the same legal services as heterosexual couples. It is very important that the rights and interests of any couple are recognized and that legal services provided need to consist of experienced attorneys that provide quality representation.
There are important life decisions that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, needs to make regarding themselves and their family. Because of this it is important that the rights of same sex couples are protected. Here are some of the decisions that same sex couples in Minnesota face:
Any time a dispute exists between a same sex couple, the Minnesota mediation process is a very useful tool. Just like in litigation, experts can be brought in, such as financial experts, to provide an impartial assessment. There is no bias, allowing for the right decision to be made between the two parties. Mediation can also be quite beneficial to children who are impacted by the breakup. This is necessary because Minnesota law does not provide couples with a clear answer to the relationship a non-biological parent can have with children.
If you find that you are in some kind of dispute with your former domestic partner or you and your partner are facing other legal issues, call us for a free consultation.