The Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Guidance from a Compassionate Syracuse Divorce Attorney
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that our Constitution guarantees the right of marriage for all Americans. The split 5-4 decision legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and was immediately hailed as a major civil rights victory. Even in states like New York, where same-sex marriage is already legal, the ruling stands to have an effect on same-sex couples—especially if they are facing a legal issue.
For more than 15 years, I have been assisting individuals, couples, and families secure peace of mind at Haddad Law Office, P.C. I am committed to providing the best possible legal options to those who find themselves, their marriage, or their future in legal turmoil. In light of the Supreme Court decision, I'm excited to even further extend that counsel to the LGBT community who, for the first time, can fully enjoy the marriage benefits provided by the U.S. government.
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New Federal Marriage Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
In New York, same sex-marriage has been legal since 2011. However, that was a state decision and the 2015 Supreme Court ruling means that even already-married same-sex couples now have access to federal benefits that were previously unavailable to them.
The new federal marriage benefits for same-sex couples include:
- Social security retirement benefits
- Social security spousal survivor benefits
- Social security lump-sum death benefits
- Military and veteran benefits
- Federal employee benefits
- Estate tax portability
- Joint federal income tax filings
Any financially-concerned marriage benefit can have an impact on a family law or divorce issue. Matters like alimony, child support, and prenuptial agreements could be affected by these new benefits. If you believe your new federal marriage benefits may have a bearing on a current or anticipated legal issue, then it is time to contact a proven Syracuse family lawyer. I can help you assess your legal options on these issues and ensure that your next steps you take are informed by the full breadth of your rights a married American citizen.