The laws regarding same-sex marriage in Colorado are changing. Colorado county clerks are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as a result of federal court decisions, but the laws on the books have not been altered. At McGuane and Hogan, P.C., we stay at the forefront of these changes so we can counsel you on your options. We understand how important it is for you to get the best advice when you're dealing with same-sex family law issues. Our senior partners wrote the book on Colorado family law. We keep careful track of how these changes will affect the law, and you.

If you and your partner married in another state and then moved to Colorado, our attorneys can advise you on the rights and concerns you may have if you choose to divorce. We also counsel couples who travel to a state where same-sex marriage is legal to get married, on the legal aspects that will affect them when they return. We have helped many Denver metro-area couples manage same-sex family law issues.

How Do These Changes Affect You?

In May of 2013, civil unions became legal in Colorado. This grants many of the same rights that opposite-sex married couples have to same-sex couples. There are some issues, such as taxes, child-custody and parenting time that the law may affect differently, depending on your situation.

For couples dealing with a high- or complex-asset situation, we can help you determine how the law will affect you and write the equivalent of a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement to specify how your assets will be handled in the event of a dissolution of your marriage or civil union.

If you are entering into a marriage with a long-time partner, you may want to have a prenuptial agreement drafted to set expectations of how property and assets the two of you have had together during your relationship will be treated in the event of a divorce.

For those who are in a domestic partnership and do not want to formalize their relationship with a civil union, we can draft a domestic partnership agreement that gives you many of the same protections as a civil union, including division of property, parenting rights and hospital visitation.

Our lawyers continue to follow developments in same-sex marriage laws in our state and throughout the country. We are always sensitive to your individual situation and will find a solution that fits your unique needs.

Let Us Advise You On Your Legal Rights

Call us to schedule a consultation at 303-691-9600 or contact us online. We have offices in Cherry Creek and Aspen and we serve clients all over Colorado.