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20 N. Clark Street
Suite 2720
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 312-345-9999

Schaumburg Office

1515 E. Woodfield Road
Suite 640
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-995-9999

Wheaton Office

400 S. County Farm Road
Suite 320
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Phone: 630-653-9400

Orland Park Office

15255 W. 94th Ave
Suite 201
Orland Park, IL 60462
Phone: 708-226-9904

Orland Park Civil Union Attorneys

For many couples, a civil union is the best option to secure the same rights as legally married couples. The attorneys of Anderson & Associates, P.C. have been serving clients throughout Illinois for the past three decades and we know what it takes to represent the evolving needs of today’s relationships. If you need assistance or answers regarding civil union matters, we are ready to walk you through the process and explain every available option.

What is a Civil Union?

A civil union is a legally recognized partnership between two individuals coming together to establish a family unit. In the state of Illinois, civil unions are protected by law and provide legal rights for same-sex couples, including inheritance and health care decisions. Heterosexual couples may also choose to enter into a civil union rather than get married.

Civil Union Requirements

Illinois law outlines the requirements for those interested in entering a civil union. To be eligible, both parties must be at least 18 years old and not married or in a civil union with another person. There are additional restrictions based on blood relation and adoption matters.

Rights under a Civil Union

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (750 ILCS 75/) provides that those entering a civil union have similar “obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.”

Couples have the right to the following under a civil union in Illinois:

  • Legal recognition of relationship
  • Make medical decisions for each other
  • Inherit or bequeath property to either party
  • Receive health care benefits from his or her partner

How to End a Civil Union

If you need to end a civil union, our attorneys can guide you through the legal process. Ending any relationship is stressful, so we can make sure to help you file the correct paperwork and guide you through all issues. We are experienced in handling property division, child support, child custody, visitation, maintenance and other matters pertaining to the end of a civil union relationship.

To learn more about civil unions or how we can assist you in the dissolution of one, contact Anderson & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation. Our four regional offices serve Orland Park, Schaumburg, Wheaton, Chicago, and their neighboring areas.