Ilkhanoff & Silverstein is honored to serve the LGBTQ community in all matters of family law and divorce. For too long this community’s rights were set aside and they were not able to marry in Pennsylvania. In 2014, the Commonwealth legalized same-sex marriage when a U.S. federal district court judge ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, a ban that was put in place in 1996. Until 2014, those who wished to get married had to do so in other states, like Vermont and Massachusetts. When they arrived back home in Pennsylvania, their marriage was not recognized. Additionally, they were locked in marriages and not permitted to divorce because of the same reason. In 2014, Pennsylvania became the 19th state to recognize the rights of this community. We are honored to help clients through all matters of family, including divorce. If you need a compassionate, LGBTQ-friendly law firm to help you through complicated times, either in litigation or through mediation, contact the experienced divorce mediation attorneys at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein for a consultation today.
Our services to the LGBTQ community
Our firm’s family law practice has significant experience helping clients through all applicable matters of divorce and family law, including:
- Contested divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- Property division
- High net worth divorce
- Spousal support/alimony
- Child custody
- Child support
- Domestic violence
Our Divorce Mediation Services
Ilhkanoff & Silverstein is ready to serve you as you embark on a new life, free from the impact of a contested legal battle. Our firm has significant experience helping divorcing couples work through their differences by utilizing the noncombative, constructive process of mediation. During mediation, we work with the couple to address all marital issues and come to an understanding that is detailed in writing which can then be used for divorce. We recognize the impact a divorce can have on a family. We work with clients to avoid litigation and move on amicably. If you are interested in the mediation process, feel free to explore our page discussing it.
Gender Identity in Family Court
The attorneys at Ilkanoff & Silverstein recently attended a course titled Gender Identity in the Family Court. Family law deals with deeply personal issues that can be uniquely challenging for trans people, who are already extremely vulnerable in the legal system because of pervasive bias and misunderstanding. Reversing bad precedent, establishing favorable outcomes, and changing public attitudes regarding transgender people is especially critical in the area of family law because it presses so deeply on the most intimate of human relationships. This is what we discussed in this course. Our course focused on educating the other counsel in the case and the judge on these issues.
Contact our firm
If you are interested in knowing more about our firm, what we can do for you, or would like to retain us for a family law matter, please reach out. Since our firm’s inception, we have been dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. As partners in life and practice, our principal attorneys are ready to treat you like the family they are. For a consultation with an LGBTQ-friendly law firm, contact the experienced divorce mediation attorneys at Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today. We look forward to hearing from you.