The attorneys at Lass Cooper & Ramp LLC have been at the forefront of developing laws for the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Colorado and have represented and counseled many individuals through the process of dissolving those relationships. Our attorneys worked closely with members of the Colorado General Assembly to secure the passage of Civil Unions in Colorado in 2013, and provided expertise on creating legislation that would provide Colorado courts with the ability to dissolve same-sex marriages and civil unions entered into in other states.
Although the United States Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriages now must be recognized across the country, individuals that have been in same-sex relationships often have very different legal rights and responsibilities based on when and where their relationships were entered. For example, a same-sex couple may have lived together for many years, purchased property together and raised children together, but may not have ever been eligible to enter into a marriage. The laws governing the financial rights and responsibilities applicable to the termination of that relationship will be different from those which apply to a couple whose marriage or civil union has been previously legally recognized by another state. The attorneys at Lass Cooper & Ramp LLC have the experience necessary to navigate the different legal standards that apply to each set of circumstances and work closely with our clients to develop effective legal strategies to address their unique family relationships.
Similarly, parents that have been involved in a same-sex relationship will have different rights and responsibilities with respect to children based on a number of factors including whether the parent: 1) is biologically related to the child, 2) has been able to adopt the child, 3) has been declared a child’s “legal parent” 4) is named on the child’s birth certificate, or 5) is the child’s psychological parent. Depending on the parent’s status, there are different laws and constitutional protections that apply to the establishment of the legal relationship and the right to be awarded parenting time or decision-making authority. At Lass Cooper & Ramp LLC, we work closely with our clients to find resolution to these complex parenting issues that are consistent with the best interests of the children.