Dissolution of Civil Unions

The State of Illinois began recognizing civil unions in 2011.  As a result, partners in a civil union now enjoy many of the same rights and obligations once provided only to married couples. The dissolution of a civil union is in many ways very similar to a dissolution of marriage.  The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act governs the dissolution of both marriages and civil unions, and the same provisions apply for the grounds for dissolution, allocation of property and debts, spousal support, and, where applicable, child custody and support matters.  It is important to note, however, that civil unions are not recognized by Federal law.  Therefore, special care must be taken in light of Federal tax implications and the allocation of retirement plans and other property governed by Federal law.  The attorneys at Kenny, Kain & Jablonsky, LLC are equipped to guide you through the process of the dissolution of your civil union with the utmost professionalism and care, and to ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.