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Same Sex Divorces Now Legal

Posted by Elise Buie | Jul 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

By now you probably know that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision. Yet some gay couples are breathing a sigh of relief for another reason. The legalization of same-sex marriage has also made it legal for same-sex couples to divorce.

A few couples, notably in Florida, have publicly been fighting for the right to divorce before the ruling. Now an uptick will start to slowly grow. About 10 years from now, according to one lawyer, the rate of same-sex marriage divorces per year will see an uptick.

Marriage isn't something to rush into. Marriage does give the couples a lot of benefits, but it also exposes them to legal dangers as well. A divorce brings up questions of spousal support, child support, custody right, and how to split assets and debts. Before you tie the knot, you should consider how you would handle these questions with your partner in the event it ever does happen. You might even consider signing a pre-nuptual agreement.

If you're in a same-sex partnership and you wish to seek divorce, or you are curious about how to write a legally-binding prenuptual agreement, you'll need the help of a family law lawyer. The lawyers at Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC can help if you live in the state of Washington. Call today for a confidential consultation.

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Elise Buie

Passionate, creative, problem-solving attorney who crafts solutions rather than obstacles. Elise spends significant time educating her clients on healthy communication skills. Elise also ensures that her clients make informed decisions by understanding the future emotional and financial implications of their decisions. Your family's future is our first priority. Elise teaches her clients new skills to empower them in the future as they adjust to the new family structure. While divorce ends a marriage, it is the beginning of your new, often times, more authentic life. Elise will help you begin that new life with new skills to handle any future challenges.


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