Gevurtz Menashe

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WA 360.823.0410

Same-Sex Marriage Issues

Serving Oregon and Washington

Offering Steady Counsel in a Changing World

While same-sex unions are legal in Oregon and Washington, the legal landscape continues to evolve. Couples still encounter uncertainties and obstacles with their domestic affairs. 

As such, it’s easy to see that same-sex couples need experienced and compassionate legal and estate planning representation. Gevurtz Menashe attorneys regularly advise LGBTQ+ couples on a variety of legal and financial matters. Let us help you, too.


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How Gevurtz Menashe Can Help You

Many laws relating to same-sex couples in the United States are new or changing. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine same-sex couples’ rights in common situations if not handled by experts. 

Our lawyers are well attuned to LGBTQ+ family law and estate planning issues. We assist same-sex couples with all manner of cases, such as:
  • Marriage
  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Child support and custody
  • Estate and tax planning
  • Durable documents
  • Name and gender changes
  • And more 

Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon & Washington

Same-sex marriage is legal in both Oregon and Washington. However, couples still confront a distinct set of challenges based on their legal status.

Those in domestic partnerships or civil unions are generally not recognized by state and federal entities and programs the same way as a legally-married couple. Frequently, to enjoy all rights, benefits, and responsibilities, a couple must be married in the eyes of the law.

This holds true for same-sex couples as well. Among the many advantages of same-sex marriage (over civil unions or domestic partnerships) are:

  • Insurance benefits
  • Tax benefits on jointly-filed returns
  • Inheritance rights
  • Social security benefits
  • Medicare
  • Disability benefits
  • Easier adoption and foster care process
  • Full spousal rights if one partner is hospitalized

Why We’re the #1 Choice for Gay & Lesbian Issues

A Testament to Our Work

“I recently completed a somewhat challenging divorce process and cannot possibly say enough about the quality and personal care I received at Gevurtz Menashe! I began my time with the firm working with Zachary Fruchtengarten and immediately knew I was working with a firm that would give me solid representation. Zach recognized that my needs could be met by another lawyer in the office and transferred my case to Shannon Hall. I truly was handled with care and complete thorough professionalism, while at the same time both Zach and Shannon recognized that the process was overwhelming and emotional for me.

If you’re looking for competency and thorough and professional representation-look no further. Shannon completed my case with mediation to follow my wishes of staying out of court. She more than met all my needs, as well as basically being an emotional support throughout the process. So thankful for this firm.
-Cindy McWilliams




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Gevurtz Menashe, Same-Sex Issues Lawyers You Can Count On

Same-sex couples often face unique challenges when it comes to their legal and financial matters. Given our extensive work with laws impacting same-sex partnerships, we can help you resolve any issues that arise. Please call our Portland (503-227-1515) or Vancouver (360-823-0410) office or fill out the form on our contact page.