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Lawyers Assist Same Sex Couples in Cook County, Illinois

In 2011, the state of Illinois passed legislation which allowed both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into a civil union, which would provide them with many of the same rights as married couples. For several years, this was the best option for same-sex couples to secure the same rights as legally married couples. However, in 2015, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, allowing these couples to fully enjoy the rights and legal protection that marriage provides.

The attorneys of Anderson and 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 the differences between a civil union and marriage or your rights when you are in a civil union, we are ready to explain your options and advocate for your interests.

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, same-sex marriage, or how we can protect your rights when dissolving a legal relationship, contact Anderson and Associates, P.C. for an consultation at 708-226-9904. From our office in Orland Park, we serve clients throughout the area, including Homer Glen, Mokena, Oak Forest, Homewood, Flossmoor, Alsip, and Crestwood.

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