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Chicago, Illinois 60602
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Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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Orland Park, IL 60462
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Chicago Civil Unions Attorneys

Advocating for the Rights of You and Your Partner

At the law office of Anderson & Associates, P.C., we respect and lend our advocacy to all relationships. For some, entering into a civil union is the best option to secure the same rights married couples enjoy. Our firm has been serving clients throughout the Chicagoland area for 30 years and we make it our focus to stay relevant and poised to meet ever-changing needs. If you need guidance and answers, we stand ready to walk you through each phase of the process and explain all available options.

What is a Civil Union?

A civil union is a legally recognized partnership between two people coming together to establish a family. In Illinois, civil unions are protected by law and provide legal standing to same-sex couples for issues such as inheritance and health care decisions and coverage. Heterosexual couples may also choose to enter into a civil union.

Civil Union Requirements

Illinois law outlines the requirements for those wishing to enter a civil union. To be eligible, one must be at least 18 and not married or in a civil union with another person. There are also restrictions based on blood relation and adoption.

Rights under a Civil Union

The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act (750 ILCS 75/) ensures that those entering a civil union may have the same “obligations, responsibilities, protections, and benefits afforded or recognized by the law of Illinois to spouses.”

Under a civil union, couples have the right to:

  • Be legally recognized
  • Make medical decisions for each other
  • Inherit or bequeath property to either party
  • Receive health care benefits from his or her partner

Ending a Civil Union

If you need to end a civil union, we can help you through the process. Ending any relationship is an emotionally-charged event and our attorneys will be by your side to help you file the appropriate paperwork and guide every issue you will face. We are experienced with handling property division, child support, child custody, visitation, maintenance and many other matters that coincide with the dissolution of a civil union.

To learn more about how we can assist you in the dissolution of your civil union, contact us to schedule a free consultation. Our Chicago office is conveniently located downtown in the Loop, and we serve the entire Chicago area.