Breakups can be hard for anyone to go through, especially if the partners were living under the same roof and had invested greatly in their futures together. However, unlike married partners, those who are cohabitating together face unique challenges after a breakup. If kids are involved, the challenges can be even more difficult.
Same-sex marriage could soon become legal in the state of Texas, and if it does, hundreds of same-sex couples are expected to rush to local courthouses to wed. However, at this point there is no telling if and when the gay marriage ban will be lifted.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision last year which struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act opened up many federal benefits to same-sex couples. However, as we have mentioned in a past post, there are still some types of federal benefits where barriers are present for married same-sex couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is not legally recognized.
This week has been a pretty significant one when it comes to news regarding the issue of same-sex marriage.
The law when it comes to same-sex marriage here in the U.S. is currently in a very unsettled state. This is because a definitive answer has not yet been given to a significant question: are state same-sex marriage bans allowed under the U.S. Constitution?
What a given state's family law policies are regarding same-sex couples can have a wide range of impacts.
There has been a great deal of change lately here in America when it comes to how the law treats same-sex couples. Several states have legalized same-sex marriages and have made other family law mechanisms that have traditionally only been available to opposite-sex couples now available to same-sex couples. Also, many same-sex couples are now able to receive federal benefits for spouses.
A same-sex couple is currently in something of a legal limbo in their fight to be legally recognized as the parents of infant twins.
The view society has of same-sex marriage has changed quite a bit in recent times. Generally, there has been an increased amount of support for recognition of these marriages.
In the midst of the nation's ongoing debate about the legality or constitutionality of same-sex marriage, one Texas couple is bringing attention to the opposite side of this heated argument by asking a San Antonio court to decide if two same-sex partners who entered into a valid marriage elsewhere can divorce in the "Lonestar State." The lesbian couple at the center of the case – who were married in Washington, D.C., in 2010 – now make their home in Texas. After marrying and adopting a child, their relationship soured, leading to the mid-March filing of Bexar County's first same-sex divorce case. Concurrent with the divorce, the couple are engaged in a dispute concerning the custody and parenting time arrangements for their young child.