Until recently, gay marriage was not recognized in Iowa. When gay marriage was legalized in 2009, many long-term couples said: "I do." Unfortunately, almost half of all marriages end in divorce. When same-sex couples divorce, they are subject to the same divorce laws governing heterosexual divorce. However, unique complications can arise. At The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, we are well-versed in the complexities surrounding same-sex divorce. Located in West Des Moines, our divorce lawyers help clients throughout the state protect their interests during the divorce process.
Under state law, only assets acquired during a marriage are subject to division upon divorce. While this may seem fair, many same-sex couples were living together as spouses long before gay marriage was legalized. This means assets that were acquired during the relationship may be excluded from the marital estate because individuals were not legally married at the time the assets were acquired.
It is important to consult with a West Des Moines divorce attorney who understands your situation and knows how to make the state's property division laws work for you. Whether in court or at the bargaining table The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw has the skills necessary to protect our clients' interests.
In Iowa, child custody is based on the best interests of the child. However, if problems can arise for gay and lesbian couples when one spouse did not formally adopt the other spouse's biological child. At The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, we do everything in our power to protect our clients' parent-child bonds.
At The Law Offices of Mark R. Hinshaw, our firm is focused on protecting clients' rights during divorce proceedings. We work hard to get our clients the financial assets they deserve so they can leave their marriages in the most financially stable position possible.