As many persons in the LGBT community are aware, the laws in the State of Georgia very rarely protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons living within the state. At The Edwards Law Group, it is our mission to provide the best legal care to all citizens of Georgia, regardless of sexual orientation.
In order to provide our LGBT clients the same basic rights many heterosexual couples take for granted, our attorneys have crafted various methods and documents which provide their clients with the best legal protections available. Many same sex couples do not realize the negative legal implications of living in a state that is opposed to same-sex marriage until it is too late. The best way to provide for yourself and your partner is through a Domestic Partnership Agreement. These agreements are essentially contracts that can cover all aspects of a separation with the exception of child custody. Like couples of the opposite sex, the law does not permit same-sex couples to contract in matters concerning child custody in the event of the dissolution of the relationship. We analyze each situation and will craft a solution to fit the individual’s needs.
Even though Georgia does not recognize same-sex unions from any other state or country, some private companies, and a few counties and city governments in Georgia, provide for Domestic Partner health insurance benefits. Georgia couples obtaining a Civil Union or Domestic Partnership from another state will not obtain any rights in Georgia as a result of the ceremony. To obtain any protections for their relationships, same-sex couples must enter into written contractual documents.
Failure to speak to an attorney regarding preparing a these documents for yourself and your partner may cause unnecessary heartache and expense, all of which can be avoided by looking ahead and planning appropriately. Since there is no legal protection for LGBT spouses, it is up to you to take the necessary steps to ensure the family you have created is provided for.
Domestic Partnership Agreement
A Domestic Partnership Agreement is a document that both partners have agreed upon and details the legal rights and responsibilities of each partner when a couple decides to form a long-term committed relationship. The Agreements can be written regardless of whether or not the couple owns property together. The Domestic Partnership Agreement provides both partners with details of how property, personal and real, will be distributed in the event that the relationship is terminated. It is usually the best practice since partners will enter into the agreement when both parties are emotionally in a good place and open to being fair to each other.
Each family unit is important and we work hard to help you protect your family as if it was our own. Please contact The Edwards Law Group to discuss the options available to you.