Same-sex marriage has been legal in the state of Massachusetts since 2004 — long before it was made legal nationwide in 2015. With same-sex marriage comes the need for same-sex divorce options. While this all used to be considered nontraditional, it is now commonplace. This does not mean that getting through the divorce process will be easy or straightforward.
Same-sex divorces are, for the most part, a lot like any other divorce. There are a lot of the same concerns, such as figuring out asset division, determining spousal support, and navigating child custody and support matters. It is the latter of these concerns that are still treated quite differently in same-sex divorce cases.
When it comes to children, biology and parental rights have to be taken into consideration. When children are born to parents in a heterosexual relationship, both parents are automatically assumed to have rights to the child. Parents in same-sex relationships do not always get that benefit. This is reason alone to make sure you have legal counsel who understands the complex issues that can arise while figuring out custody matters. To learn more about how an attorney can help your case, please take a minute and visit our firm’s website.
While no longer really considered nontraditional in the state of Massachusetts, same-sex divorce cases still have issues that may take longer to figure out. That is okay. With the right help on your side, it is possible to finalize the dissolution-of-marriage process in a timely manner, while reaching a settlement agreement that has fair and balanced terms for both parties.