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Same-sex Couple in Florida Hopeful Changes may be Coming

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Family Law on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Family legal issues can be complex and emotional.

Prominent in the news lately has been gay marriage, following the Supreme Court's recent ruling. A same- sex couple in Florida, wishing to divorce, hope that the ruling might bring them some relief. Married in another state, the couple now wishes to divorce. However, because Florida does not recognize gay marriage, the marriage does not legally exist so it cannot be dissolved. To obtain a divorce in the state where they were married, the couple, now residing in Florida, would have to maintain residency in that other state for a year. The couple worries about financial risks if they are not legally divorced.

This is a dilema many same-sex couples in our mobile society are finding themselves facing throughout the country. Some are hopeful that the language of the high court's ruling will eventually end state bans on same-sex marriage and allow individuals, such as the Florida couple, to more freely end their unions.

Divorce and family law can involve many challenging and emotional issues such as property division, alimony, child support and child custody. The status of some same-sex unions can make this even more complicated. Because federal regulations for the division of assets may now apply to same-sex marriages, same-sex couples are being encouraged to consider estate planning and prenuptial agreements the same way heterosexual couples would.

Regardless of the family legal issues an individual is facing, including divorce, the guidance of an experienced legal professional may be of benefit to them. Family law issues are currently experiencing important possible changes and understanding those changes, and how those changes can impact an individual's life, can help with peace of mind and personal planning.

Source: The New York Times, "Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage May Help Resolve Status of Divorce," Erica Goode, July 2, 2013

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