Actress Jane Lynch, well known for her role in the hit television show "Glee," has announced that she will be divorcing her wife of nearly three years. The couple was married in 2010 after the two met at a fundraiser in 2009. This high profile divorce brings to the forefront several of the possible issues which can affect same sex couples looking for a divorce.
When Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriages in 2009, it was inevitable that same-sex divorces would come along with them. Yet, unlike other marriages, same sex couples can face more hardships when it comes to finalizing their divorces. If a couple, or even one person, moves to a state which does not recognize same sex marriages from other states, getting a divorce recognized can be difficult. Despite this and other conflicts which can get in the way of a same sex divorce, legal experts are often able to overcome these dilemmas with a divorcing couple's patience and cooperation.
While California does not currently offer same sex marriages, they do recognize same sex marriages from other states. Because of this fact, this couple, who were married in New Hampshire, will likely be able to finalize a divorce in California without major issues outside of the regular divorce process.
On this note, however, it is reported that the two did not sign a prenuptial agreement. This means there is potential that the divorce could be drawn-out if there are points of contention regarding finances and property division. While recent comments made by Lynch seem to imply an amicable relationship remains, details regarding the divorce specifics have yet to be made public. If they reach an agreement through mediation outside of court, the process could likely be finalized faster and with fewer financial costs.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Jane Lynch, Lara Embry to divorce after three-year marriage," Christie DZurilla, June 10, 2013