The Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decision

Guidance from a Proven Salinas Family Law Attorney

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made a decision countless Americans have been waiting a long time to finally hear: the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. In the split 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Constitution guaranteed the right of marriage to all Americans, sparking celebrations in LGBT communities throughout the country.

The decision marks a distinct civil rights victory for our country and affects same-sex couples even in states that have already legalized same-sex marriage—California included. Lavorato & Scott is ready to even further extend our family law services to same-sex couples of our community who can finally enjoy the full legal benefits of marriage. Our dedicated team of Salinas family lawyers can help these couples understand these new, federal benefits and assess how they might influence an existing or anticipated legal issue.

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The Federal Benefits of Marriage

California legalized same-sex marriage in 2013. That however, was a state decision and did not give same-sex couples access to federal marriage benefits that opposite-sex couples have long enjoyed. The latest Supreme Court decision, however, does just that for already married same-sex couples.

New federal marriage benefits available to same-sex couples include:

  • Social security benefits
  • Federal employment benefits
  • Military (or veteran) benefits
  • Joint federal income tax filings
  • Estate tax portability

While not every one of these benefits will apply to most couples, many of them will and can significantly change the outlook of a divorce, prenuptial agreement, or other family law matter involving finances. If you and your partner, wife, or husband are facing a family law matter you believe needs to be re-assessed due to the newly available federal marriage benefits, then contact us at Lavorato & Scott. Our team has more than six decades of collective legal experience and is ready to bring unparalleled advocacy and insight to your case.

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