I got engaged when I was I had been dating my girlfriend for less than a year and we already lived together. Then suddenly everyone was asking when the wedding was and I was married by 27 legally, in Iowa, one of few states that allowed same-sex marriage at the time.
The right to marry means same-sex couples have gained access to thousands of state and federal benefits like social security benefits and inheritance rights. But it also means the right to divorce. In a recent interview, Romero and Goldberg discuss some of topics in their book, including factors that make LGBTQ relationships unique, legal issues related to divorce and parenting, and advice for divorce attorneys working with LGBTQ clients.
Inthe Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. This ruling also had implications for same-sex divorce.
The legalization of same-sex marriage came with a major caveat: same-sex couples can now pursue both marriage and divorce. Now that same-sex marriage has been legal for over a decade in some states, we're beginning to gain a better sense of how often LGBT couples divorce —and how this process plays out. Read on to learn what the latest research says about same-sex and straight divorces:.
The divorce rate for heterosexual couples in England and Wales has dropped to a year low, even as separation rates between same-sex couples have surged. Last year, there were 8. By contrast, the number of same-sex couples getting divorced has increased more than threefold in a year, from towith three quarters of those between female couples.
More than three quarters of the splits between same sex couples in England and Wales were between two women. The findings mark a further rise in a trend that emerged inwhen ONS statistics revealed that lesbian couples were nearly twice as likely as gay men to end a civil partnership. Overall there were dissolutions inalmost 60 per cent of which were female couples.
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There have been aboutsame-sex marriages in the U. But the rules of same-sex divorce are still being written. There are so many what-ifs and unanswered questions that make the process even more complicated than it needs to be, which can make things tricky for married boomer same-sex couples who are splitting up.
Same-sex marriage is not considered legally different from a traditional marriage between husband and wife in Massachusetts and nor is same-sex divorce. From my perspective, in and of itself, it has no relevance to the legal proceeding. The focus is and always will be the dissolution of the marriage of my client, advocating the best reasonable resolution.