Nashville & Middle Tennessee Family Lawyers for Same-Sex Couples

Proudly Representing LGBTQIA Members & Their Families

Same-sex couples and other members of the LGBTQIA community have had a significant impact on family and matrimonial law throughout the United States. After the U.S. Supreme Court held in 2015 that a person’s right to marry extended to same-sex couples, state laws have since been rewritten or reinterpreted to extend similar rights to LGBTQIA individuals.

If you and your significant other are facing legal difficulties regarding a family law matter—such as adoption, divorce, or child custody—you should speak with a knowledgeable Nashville family law attorney with experience handling cases involving same-sex couples. At Martin Sir & Associates, we have committed years of our professional practice to handling family law matters for Nashville residents, including same-sex couples. We are ready to help guide you through the complex legal issues that may arise from your case.

Call us at (615) 266-4505 to get in touch with one of our Nashville family lawyers for same-sex couples to learn more about our legal services.

Family Law Issues Unique to Same-Sex Couples

Most domestic relations and matrimonial laws in Tennessee and other states were established under the assumption that spouses and parents were heterosexual. As a result, certain laws that use the terms “husband,” “wife,” “father,” or “mother” affecting family relations and marriages apply to same-sex couples according to a more literal interpretation of such laws.

Many domestic relations and matrimonial laws are not perfectly compatible with the notion of same-sex coupling, including:

  • Adoptions: A legal adoption process is a significant tool for same-sex couples and their families. The same-sex partner of a child’s parent might not have a parent-child relationship under current law without completing the adoption process.
  • Assisted Reproduction Rights: Parental rights are primarily based on a child’s biological relationship to their parents. Same-sex couples might use assisted reproduction methods, such as in-vitro fertilization, to start a family. However, complex legal issues can arise with regard to individuals who donated their genetic material for assisted reproduction purposes.
  • Parentage Determinations: Tennessee law on parentage also focuses on the marital status between a child’s mother and the “man” who is alleged to be the child’s father. As a result, the same-sex spouse of the child’s mother will have difficulty asserting parental rights based on paternity laws.
  • Child Custody: Tennessee public policy recognizes the importance of preserving a child’s relationship with their parents, to the extent that doing so would not risk the child’s safety and wellbeing. As a result, child custody issues involving same-sex couples may implicate Tennessee law on parentage.

Talk to a Nashville Family Law Attorney for Same-Sex Couples

Are you looking for a knowledgeable and experienced advocate to help you through a legal dispute? If so, you can count on the professional services of one of our Nashville same-sex couple family law attorneys at Martin Sir & Associates to provide you and your family with quality legal advice and representation. We have more than six decades of combined experience fighting for the rights of Nashville residents and their families.

Call us at (615) 266-4505 or contact us onlineto schedule a complimentary case consultation about your case today.


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