GLBT · Same-Sex Couples · Unmarried Parents · Blended Families · Cohabitation
Family law does not always reflect family realities. The state of Florida does not recognize marriage between same-sex couples or automatically acknowledge fathers when a child is born out of wedlock.
No matter what the law says, the adults and children in non-traditional families often face the same conflicts as "straight" couples and "regular" families. Yet many times, the family dynamics create unique legal problems or the shortcomings in the law prevent the courts from arriving at a sensible solution.
Attorney mediator Beth G. Reineke welcomes non-traditional couples and families throughout the Tampa Bay Area. She draws on more than 20 years of legal knowledge and problem-solving experience to resolve conflicts through mediation. Ms. Reineke is certified by the Florida Supreme Court to conduct family law, custody and divorce mediations, and she is a Board Certified Emeritus specialist in divorce and family law.
Clearwater Lawyer For Same-Sex Divorce Mediation
We regularly handle divorce and custody matters for clients in non-traditional families and relationships. Beth Reineke can address:
- Unmarried couples dealing with paternity, child support and co-parenting
- Older couples who are cohabitating but not married
- Gay or lesbian couples seeking a "divorce" or at odds over custody
- Blended families dealing with stepchildren and divorce
Same-sex couples or senior citizens who are living together without the legal ties of marriage may encounter barriers when they split up. Property, debts and retirement savings acquired together are not subject to Florida's equitable distribution law. In the absence of a property settlement agreement, these couples may resort to litigation. Likewise, GLBT parents or stepparents in second marriages may end up in court over child custody and child support matters.
Mediation offers a forum to resolve these complex and emotional issues without the expense and uncertainty of litigation. While mediated sessions are apart from the legal system, Beth Reineke applies her knowledge of family law and the family law process to help clients arrive at fair and practical solutions.
· See our Divorce Mediation FAQ.
Solutions In Family Law For Modern Families
We believe that litigation is truly a last resort even for "gay divorce" and other scenarios not governed by Florida law. To explore alternative dispute resolution, please call 813-438-7129 or contact us online. Attorney Beth Reineke conducts pre-suit and court-ordered mediations for non-traditional families in Tampa for clients living in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Manatee County and Pasco County.