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Factors to consider during a same sex divorce

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.

Extension of federal benefits to same-sex partners

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.

Insurance coverage and same sex divorce

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.

DOMA ruling impacting same-sex divorces

The end of a relationship can be a very difficult and emotional time for those involved. Even if both sides agree that parting ways is proper for them, the transitioning period can be devastating. Dividing up assets and property in a divorce can be problematic for some couples in Massachusetts. Same-sex couples may encounter challenges when it comes to getting a divorce. Although their fight to get married in the state is no longer a pressing issue, their ability to get divorced like traditional married couples still is.

Positive changes for same-sex couples and student loans

Married couples in Massachusetts understand that their relationship and union could provide them some benefits. Same-sex partners in Massachusetts have not always experienced these federal and state benefits, but as the nation becomes more progressive, same-sex couples are treated virtually the same in some aspects of marriage. This in turn has caused same-sex partners to experience new and difficult issues when it comes to divorce because same-sex couples are still fighting to be treated equally when it comes to divorce and dividing assets and property.

Setbacks and pitfalls for same-sex divorces

Couples in Massachusetts understand that marriage and divorce could easily happen in their relationship. Whether an opposite-sex couple or a same-sex couple, the choice to marry and then part ways are often the same. No matter the reason to call it quits, getting a divorce means making serious and difficult decisions regarding the future.

Residency requirements cause problems for same-sex divorce

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.

Jane Lynch may pay spousal support in divorce

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.

Same-sex couple faces divorce issue out of state

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 importance of a prenuptial agreement for a same-sex couple

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling effectively striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, many media outlets have turned their attention to the issue of same-sex divorce. While the ruling opens up many legal rights and benefits to same-sex couples, it's important to take note of the issues that they will face in the event of a divorce. One of these issues is the cost of same-sex divorces.

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