Residents in Massachusetts understand that the face of marriage has drastically changed over the past several years. This is especially true regarding same sex couples. Now that the hurdle of marriage has been significantly tackled, same sex couples now join the ranks of any other married couples. This means that they also face the 50 percent rate of divorce.
The decision to marry is usually an easy step for Massachusetts couples who desire to spend their lives together. Although the choice might be an easy one to make, the process is not a simple one to go through for same-sex partners. Although same sex marriages are allowed and recognized in the state of Massachusetts, future planning is crucial for the couple. This often means determining if relocation is possible and how a divorce would be carried out. Because some states do not recognize same sex marriages, this can lead to a complex dissolution as well as other difficulties.
Although couples in Massachusetts understand that both marriage and divorce come with their difficulties, same-sex partners often go through additional obstacles and complexities during these life events. A same sex divorce could prove to be several times more difficult than a heterosexual couple's dissolution. Even after recent changes, the process has yet to be entirely equal in the books and in action.
As is often addressed by commentators dealing with same-sex marriage, many states throughout the country do not recognize same-sex marriages from states that have extended the right to marry to all couples. This can pose particularly difficult issues for same-sex couples seeking to get divorce in states other than the ones which granted them their marriage. However, one case of same sex divorce highlights an issue that couples married in Massachusetts may want to consider.
With the legalization of same sex marriage as well as the Supreme Court's recent decision on DOMA, many things have changed for same sex couples in Massachusetts. Now that these couples enjoy equal access to marriage, it is not surprising that news of same sex divorces are also already on the rise.
When a same sex couple is considering a divorce, it has become increasingly easier to do so in states like Massachusetts where same sex marriage has been legalized. In fact, same sex divorces in Massachusetts are in many ways very similar to those of other marriages. While same sex couples may still face additional complications over issues such as child custody, asset division and tax issues, the practice has become more commonplace.
The issue of same sex divorce, which has been covered by many media outlets and several times on our blog, has become more prevalent in the wake of the recent Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act. By effectively allowing same sex marriage to be federally recognized, many experts predict a rise in new states throughout the country joining Massachusetts and the other states which have already legalized same sex marriages. Inevitably, these states will have to address the issue of same sex divorces as well.
Since Massachusetts started to recognize same-sex marriages, there has been no shortage of difficulties in getting these couples the same benefits to which other couples are entitled. In many cases, these difficulties crossed over into same sex divorces as well, with certain state and federal laws making the process complicated. However, this may be about to change.
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.
Since the expansion of the right for same-sex couples to be married is a relatively new progression, many people expected there to be some initial difficulties to resolve. One of these difficulties is that the divorce rate amongst same-sex couples is particularly hard to keep track of, often due to the same challenges that same-sex couples face when trying to get a divorce in the first place.