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When the state governor signed the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, 2011,
New York joined the growing list of states in the U.S. which have legalized
same-sex marriage. It is now possible for gay and lesbian couples to not
only transact a civil union but to marry and therefore to enjoy all the
rights and obligations of marriage. One of these is the right to divorce.
While divorce is normally viewed as a negative thing, as the breakdown
of a relationship, it actually provides both parties with powerful legal
protections that they would not otherwise enjoy.
Dividing Assets in a Same-Sex Divorce
When an unmarried couple decides to part ways, it is common for either
or both of the partners to suffer some form of injustice in the
division of assets and debts, particularly if they have been living together for a significant period
of time. For example, they may have purchased a home or a car together,
or perhaps one party has made significant contributions as a homemaker
or has provided support while the other was building a career. In a simple
breakup, neither party has a legal right to claim compensation for such
contributions, and the shared assets or debts will typically remain with
the person whose name is on the title or the loan.
Is there anything different about a same-sex divorce?
Now that same-sex couples can divorce, you do not have to worry about these
problems. Anything that you acquired during the course of your marriage
will be subject to equitable distribution in the
division of property. Similarly, either party may claim
spousal maintenance. One issue which is still a challenge for many same-sex couples who are
in the process of a divorce is the question of
child custody. In some families, one spouse is the biological parent to a child who
has been raised by both parents. The other spouse, however, may not have
legally adopted the child. In such cases it is often wise to involve the
services of an attorney in negotiating a workable parenting plan which
provides both parents with shared custody or which establishes rights of
visitation and an obligation to pay
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