Family Law Attorneys Somerville MA
The family law attorneys sometimes referred to as “family lawyers” at Lagana Silva & Associates believe in equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identification, religion, race, or age. We don’t specify “gay marriage” because we believe it is simply marriage and should not be qualified as something different.
However, our office recognizes that some families do not yet enjoy the same fundamental legal protections as ‘traditional’ families. We are fighting to change this, but in the meantime, we can help ensure your family is treated equally under Massachusetts laws.
Children who grow up in households with two parents are shown to do better in school, have higher self-esteem, and develop healthier habits. No matter how the two parents identify, we want to make sure that they are treated the same as heterosexual parents. Whether you are expanding your family through surrogacy, adoption, or donated reproductive cells, we will ensure that you and your partner are legally treated as the parents of your child.
For same-sex couples, particularly those who are not married, estate planning is essential. Unfortunately, our intestate succession laws (how the estate of someone who dies without a will is divided) laws do not yet account for unmarried same-sex couples and their children. Do not let your partner be in a position that he or she is running around in circles between court, doctors, and lawyers at your bedside, or fighting for your child to inherit your assets. Our family law attorneys will work with you to develop a comprehensive estate plan to protect your partner and your beneficiaries.
For more information on your rights involving adoption, surrogacy, alternative reproduction, estate planning, or any other way we can protect your family where the law fails to, call us today.