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Is a same-sex divorce different from heterosexual divorce?

The ending of a relationship is an incredibly difficult, emotional time for anyone. Nobody enters into a marriage expecting it to end in divorce. When it does happen, many issues need to be addressed. Similar to heterosexual partnerships, partners in a same-sex relationship also have specific obligations when ending their relationship. There are some differences, however.

Regardless of sexual orientation, when a relationship ends, there is a host of decisions that need to be made, such as division of property, custody of children, and spousal or child support. If you are in a same-sex domestic partnership or marriage, certain matters may be different than if you were in a traditional heterosexual marriage. Issues such as those relating to the children or spousal support can sometimes become more intricate. Also, tax filing can change and become more challenging for same-sex couples who are no longer together, along with other tax implications that need to be addressed after a same-sex divorce. There are also residency requirements when it comes to the actual filing of the divorce.

Divorce is a complicated process no matter what your sexual orientation is or the type of relationship you are trying to end. However, because of the additional issues that can be more complex for same-sex couples, obtaining the services of an attorney experienced in family matters of same-sex couples is imperative.

If you are contemplating a same-sex divorce, an attorney can help answer your questions, and may be able to assist you with this arduous process.

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