Tampa Same-Sex Divorce Attorney
Mediation of Divorce & Custody Matters for Homosexual Couples
Same-sex relationships follow the same arcs as heterosexual relationships. Some couples build a lasting bond, while others break up. Couples acquire property together and sometimes create families before circumstances change and they decide to go their separate ways.
Florida law welcomes same-sex marriage or civil unions and recognizes such unions from other states. While gay, lesbian, and other couples under the LGBT+ umbrella are now afforded the same processes and protections when they seek a divorce in Florida, unique problems regarding custody and care of children and other matters of family law can occur during such cases.
At the law firm of Beth Reineke, we recognize the rights of gay and lesbian couples. If you and your same-sex partner are going through a divorce—or even if you are not married but are splitting up after a lengthy relationship—rather than engaging in a lengthy and costly court battle, attorney Beth Reineke urges gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other LGBT+ clients to consider pre-suit mediation. Attorney Reineke is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court to conduct divorce, custody, and family law mediations, and she is trained as a parent coordinator by the family courts serving the Tampa Bay Area. She can help you end your marriage amicably, without having to spend a fortune.
While same-sex marriage is legal on both the state and federal levels, gay and lesbian divorce remains a particularly convoluted process in Florida. This is because as of this writing in 2021, Florida law is still evolving adapting to the inclusion of rights for “nontraditional” couples. The state has yet to create a truly equitable environment for same-sex couples to get wed and divorced. For example, asset division can be an especially complicated and contentious process in gay and lesbian divorces because many LGBT+ couples had to wait years if not decades to get legally married. Our attorney-mediator can help you navigate such complex issues with ease.
Same-Sex Custody Disputes & Property Division
Beth Reineke draws on more than 30 years of experience in Florida divorce and family law to help LGBT+ clients find out-of-court solutions. She can address high-asset property division and high-conflict custody disputes, as well as legal issues particular to gay and lesbian couples.
As a neutral facilitator, she can help clients forge creative, practical, and in some cases, confidential agreements regarding:
- Same-sex separation and divorce
- Legal separation agreements establishing rights and obligations
- Division of assets and debts, in the absence of a property settlement agreement
- Custody and parenting time, even if one partner is not biologically related to the child
- Child support (mandatory) or alimony (negotiable)
- Relocation of the primary parent
We help LGBT+ clients craft parenting plans, separation agreements, settlement agreements, and other documents to aid separating couples in making a smooth transition.
Supreme Court Certified Mediator
Not all mediators are licensed attorneys- Attorney Beth Reineke brings legal experience and practical insights to the mediation process.
Over 3 Decades of Legal Experience
Attorney-Mediator Beth Reineke has over 3 decades of legal experience in helping families find divorce resolutions.
We believe any aspect of divorce and custody can be resolved without a courtroom fight. Beth Reineke has mediated complex property division, entrenched custody disputes, and high-stakes alimony and child support issues. She provides creative suggestions, gentle guidance and reality check wisdom from her years of experience in courtroom wars.
We offer free phone consultations and reasonable rates for mediation, drafting of agreements, preparation of court documents and other mediation services. During your initial consultation, Attorney Reineke will discuss the benefits of mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether these methods are the right fit for your situation.
To explore alternatives to divorce or civil litigation in the Tampa Bay Area, contact us today. Attorney Beth Reineke conducts pre-suit and court-ordered mediations for LGBT+ clients living in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, and Pasco County, Florida.