Same-Sex Divorce Has Its Own Set of Unique Circumstances
Feb. 11, 2016
The concept of divorce has been around for a long time but it has only been an option for same-sex couples for a short time in the United States. Although there has been a great push in the last decade for marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, that equality also comes with the right to divorce. Just as marriage provides a plethora of protections for two individuals, so does divorce. The laws that govern divorce are detailed and ever-changing but will definitely play a starring role when it comes to ending your relationship.
Same-sex marriages, although relatively new in nature, will have some of the same issues that most heterosexual marriages do. At the same time, there may be a handful of unique challenges that same-sex couples may face such as dividing assets that were obtained when the couple lived together but was not yet allowed to marry, dealing with issues related to child custody especially when a child is only biologically linked to one parent, ongoing adoption issues and more.
While we understand that the stress of having to go through a divorce may cause an individual to postpone the split for years, it does not hurt to reach out to an attorney to discuss your options. After a brief discussion you may actually learn that the process is a lot less frightening than you thought. With the help of an attorney who is experienced in same-sex divorce, the process can be relatively smooth and efficient. Even if you do anticipate a contentious split, a lawyer has the knowledge and experience to help you understand your options.