Massachusetts readers may be interested to learn that celebrity chef Cat Cora, who was the first female Iron Chef star, and her wife Jennifer recently announced the end of their marriage. Just like heterosexual marriages, not all same-sex marriages last forever. It was reported that things between the two started going wrong after Cat was arrested for drunk driving two years ago, and, with children involved, their same-sex divorce could become complicated.

Cat and Jennifer have been married for two of the 17 years that they have been together. It was reported that both Jennifer and Cat filed for divorce simultaneously. The couple has four children, and, although they both claim to be committed to maintaining a loving relationship with their children and raise them jointly, a custody battle has ensued.

Jennifer and Cat are each reportedly seeking full custody of all four of their sons. Jennifer carried three of the boys, and Cat carried the last little boy, for whom Jennifer’s eggs were used. Even though he is Jennifer’s biological child, she had to legally adopt him to obtain parental rights.

When couples in Massachusetts consider filing for a same-sex divorce, there may be many questions and insecurities related to child custody and other issues, such as property division and spousal support. Each spouse may find answers to his or her questions by consulting with an experienced divorce attorney who is familiar with the concerns of same-sex spouses and the laws that govern such divorce actions. A lawyer can explain the legal rights of the client and provide valuable guidance and advice throughout legal proceedings.

Source: financialspots.com, “‘Iron Chef’ Cat Cora And Wife Jennifer Divorcing After 17 Years Together“, Cesar Mills, Nov. 14, 2015