Boone County LGBT Family Law
Boone County Family Law Firm Understands LGBTQ Legal Issues
Indiana Family Law Attorney Represents Same-Sex Families
The laws governing lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) families in Indiana are continually changing and developing. Boone County Attorney Vanessa López Aguilera has the knowledge, skill, and experience to help guide same-sex couples through the ever-evolving legal rules that affect them. Our firm is committed to serving all populations, and focuses on the unique family law needs of the Indiana LGBTQ community.
Challenges Faced by LGBTQ Couples
LGBTQ couples in Indiana face some legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBTQ families, including statutory recognition of marriage, and domestic partnerships. By statute, Indiana only recognizes marriages between a man and a woman and denies this recognition to same-sex unions. There is also no recognition of domestic partnerships at the state level in Indiana. On June 25, 2014, a U.S. District Court judge declared same-sex marriage legal in Indiana, but a higher court put a stay on the ruling.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against any individual wit with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the basis of sex, race, religion, or nationality, and Indiana law offers further protection against discrimination, and same-sex activity is legal in the state.
Under Indiana law, single LGBTQ persons are permitted to adopt, and in 2006 the state Court of Appeals ruled that unmarried couples, including same-sex couples, may adopt as well, and some local courts have supported the right of a same-sex partner to adopt his or her same-sex partner’s biological or adopted child.
If you have questions and concerns about LGBTQ family law, Vanessa López Aguilera provides competent representation to LGBTQ families in Boone County, Indiana. Contact her online or call 317-542-3142 to schedule your free 15 minute initial consultation. Evening and Saturday appointments are available.