Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, P.C.
Schaumburg Family Law Attorney

Legal Benefits of Civil Unions

March 2, 2016
Posted By: Robert M. Kaplan
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Even though all couples are now able to legally get married, civil unions can still be an option for many people. They offer most of the same rights that married couples have but without access to some of the federal benefits. At the Law Offices of Robert M. Kaplan, PC we are experienced in cases for both entering into and exiting out of civil unions, both of which are separate from our marriage and divorce services, giving you more precise and relevant information.

Rights for Civil Unions in Illinois

Civil unions in Illinois grant couples all of the same rights as a married couple, but in many states, your civil union may not be recognized. Some of the rights included are the ability to own property together, the ability to make decisions about one another’s medical care, and the right to any pension or benefits if your partner should pass away.

Ending of a Civil Union

Because civil unions are treated the same as marriages in the state of Illinois, ending one is very similar to a divorce. To end a civil union, it is important for you and your partner to discuss the division of any property and belongings that were shared. In cases where there are children involved, it would also be necessary to discuss custody and child support.

Civil unions, like marriages, have the right to a court-supervised distribution of property and assets. We understand that these discussions don’t always go smoothly and there will often be disagreement, which is why it can be beneficial to have an attorney at these meetings to help come to a fair agreement that will be beneficial to both parties.

Scheduling a Consultation in Hoffman Estates

Robert M. Kaplan has a lot of experience in family law and can be a major asset to you during your civil union case. Whether you need to go over your rights and the legal implications of entering into a civil union or would like assistance in dissolving one, we can help. If you are in the Hoffman Estates, IL area and would like to learn more about civil unions, please contact our office to schedule your free consultation today! 

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