It may seem like the debate over same sex marriage is recent, but the truth is it has been going on for decades. What is recent though is the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. What this means is that a marriage performed in one state must be recognized and given legal validity in every state. Prior to June 26, 2015 that was not the case, and due to inconsistencies between the states, complex legal issues regarding same sex unions often arose.
CNN reports on the history making decision; here are a few highlights:
● Five Justices were in favor of legalization of same sex marriages, with four Justices stating the ruling goes against the Constitution.
● The majority opinion spoke of equality, love, and fairness.
● Those that oppose the ruling are holding fast to religious beliefs and the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman.
The United States is the 21st country in the world to give legitimacy to same sex marriages, and same sex couples will now enjoy many of the same legal benefits of other marriages. Among the legal benefits conferred is the right to be named as a parent on a birth certificate, the right to make decisions typically reserved for spouses, and the right to get divorced in Court. That’s right, along with marriage comes divorce and now all couples will need to litigate important issues in the even their marriage is dissolved. Common issues in a divorce case range from child custody, visitation, and support to property distribution. Regardless of the type of marriage you are in, if you are considering getting out, you must enlist the assistance of a skilled family law attorney. We have been helping people resolve their marital differences for years, and can help you too. Our goal is to reach results that are fair, and that meets your needs.
If you have questions about divorce, consult a qualified legal professional. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call The Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.