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Same-Sex Divorce

Knowledgeable Rhode Island Same-Sex Divorce Lawyers Provide Guidance and Advice

Rhode Island attorneys understand the unique challenges you face

The dissolution of any marriage can involve crucial decisions about the welfare of children and the equitable division of assets. Divorces involving same-sex couples also present new and complex questions. The Rhode Island attorneys at Callahan, Barraco & Inman P.C. are experienced in same-sex divorce law. We consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:

  • Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
  • Division of marital debts
  • Sale or possession of the marital home
  • Spousal support and temporary support
  • Child custody and visitation rights
  • Child support

We know that every family and every divorce are different and we work closely with our clients to pursue optimal results.

Understanding how same-sex divorce works

Today, the law allows couples to marry regardless of sex or gender. What was previously called “same-sex marriage” can now just be called “marriage.” The Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but has not completely cleared the path for same-sex couples seeking a divorce. Some states may not yet recognize your right to divorce, even though federal law has granted you all of the rights and privileges of marriage, including divorce. Even in Rhode Island, some judges may offer resistance to your attempt to end your marriage. In addition, state law has not entirely caught up when it comes to deciding how to handle issues such as child custody, especially in cases involving surrogates or when only one parent is a child’s birth-parent. At Callahan, Barraco & Inman P.C., we represent your rights whether or not the law is clear.

We are effective family law mediators

Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. This process is especially helpful for same-sex couples dealing with custody issues that courts may not be familiar with. The experienced negotiators at Callahan, Barraco & Inman P.C. can help you pursue the most equitable divorce settlement, fair child support agreement, and healthy child custody arrangement.

Skilled family law litigators protect you and your family

Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family’s disputes. Through tactical trial strategies and professional courtroom presence, our skilled litigators successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. We are prepared to handle the complex aspects of your divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable outcome in court.

Contact Providence same-sex divorce attorneys

For help ending your marriage or domestic partnership, call Callahan, Barraco & Inman P.C. in Providence at 401-433-9291 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with an experienced divorce attorney.

Testimonials
  • "“David Callahan took exceptional responsibility and got me more than I even expected to get.” " - - Micko D.

  • "“Attorney David Callahan had relieved a great deal of anxiety. His positive attitude and wise council along with his understanding of my particular situation made things a bit easier. I would recommend him to anyone who wants a man who is kind and will support your needs, yet be tough when he has to.” " - - Jennifer S.

  • "“I was very nervous about entering into the legal process of establishing my paternal rights with my son but Attorney Laurel A. Barraco eased my fears and made me comfortable right off the bat. She spoke to me as an equal, very friendly and not looking down on me from a high horse, as my previous experience with other lawyers had shown me. As she explained how the process goes, I began to feel more confident about my situation. She was extremely poised when negotiating with the opposing party involved. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very grateful for all the hard work that Attorney Laurel A. Barraco put in helping me with a custody battle that is an extremely stressful situation to go I was very nervous about entering into the legal process of establishing my paternal rights with my son but Attorney Laurel A. Barraco eased my fears and made me comfortable right off the bat. She spoke to me as an equal, very friendly and not looking down on me from a high horse, as my previous experience with other lawyers had shown me. As she explained how the process goes, I began to feel more confident about my situation. She was extremely poised when negotiating with the opposing party involved. I was very pleased with the outcome and I am very grateful for all the hard work that Attorney Laurel A. Barraco put in helping me with a custody battle that is an extremely stressful situation to go Hands down the best decision I ever made.”" - - Mike O.

  • "“Attorney David Callahan has been my lawyer since 2008. He is an attorney that you can trust and know that he is in your corner. He has a warm personality and is completely down to earth. He never makes you feel like your case is not important or that you do not matter. He will take the opportunity to get to know you. He takes his time to listen and explain to you in easy details about the fees and how the court process works so that you clearly understand. Whenever I needed to follow up with him about a case, he is always available and if he was unavailable because he was in court, he would always call you back that same day or the following. He has handled all of my cases from car accidents to child support. Attorney Callahan made sure that I got what was truly entitled to me – no doubt. I never once felt stressed out about my cases because I knew that he was on top of it. He will always give you the best legal service possible and that's why I will continue to keep him as my lawyer.”" - - Demetris T.

  • ""Attorney Dave Callahan recently handled my divorce. He was professional, easy to talk to and provided fantastic, straight-forward and clear counsel throughout the process. He got me through a tough situation with the best possible outcome. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting a top notch lawyer who will get the job done."" - - Peter E.

  • "“Laurel and her team were excellent to work with. I found them to be fair, knowledgeable, compassionate, and responsive. My divorce case was particularly intense, and financially complex. I was able to build relationships with lawyers having specific expertise in the subject matter at hand. I found all three lawyers I worked with to be equally professional, and just simply good people to work with. They supported me through what could have been a disaster, to a very good resolution.” " - Greg A.

  • "“Laurel advised me in a divorce and custody dispute and helped me get the best result possible for my client. She has extensive knowledge on divorce and custody proceedings, and I highly recommend her.”" - Attorney Kathryn G.

  • "“I wanted to shoot you a note and thank you for yesterday! I appreciated your transparency and ability to manage the court room. Regardless of the outcome I do not feel that you could have done anything better than you did or that someone else could have done better…. Your ability to take over the case and manage the details effectively was impressive.” (note to Attorney Irena Inman)" - Robert J.

  • "“Attorney Irena W. Inman took on my very difficult case involving a restraining order and children. She was extremely professional, non-judgmental, and knowledgeable. She made all the difference in the case and it meant the world of difference for me, a father who is now reunited with his children. I highly recommend her!”"

  • "“Irena helped me when I had to adjust my child support and then was countersued by my X-wife for stuff the Judge threw out. It's been a few years, but Irena did a fine job when I hired her and she was much better than my divorce attorney was and Irena had been practicing for about 2 years then? . Wish I had known who she was during my divorce, but I believe she was still in college then. I definitely recommend her and would utilize her expertise again.”"

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