Same-sex couples going through divorce are afforded the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples going through a divorce. However, districts and courts in Kansas and Missouri may still present difficulties for same-sex spouses who want to end their marriage. At Joseph A. DeWoskin, PC, we are familiar with the specific issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender spouses may encounter in divorce and child custody proceedings. For skilled guidance and representation from a compassionate family law attorney who knows the courts, contact our office today. We serve clients in Kansas and Missouri.
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Lesbian couples are more than twice as likely to divorce as gay men, Government data suggests. As well as the overall number of divorces seeing their largest rise in 50 years, the data showed there were same-sex splits in - nearly twice as many as , when there were Of those same-sex couples who divorced last year, - 72 per cent - took place between women. There were between men. The figures are a stark rise on , when there were same-sex divorces between women and between men.
While the process of divorce is largely the same for both same- and opposite-sex couples, there are some important factors to consider in addition to the basics of divorce: be proactive, be prepared, and obtain competent counsel - not necessarily in that order. New York was among the earliest states to begin licensing same-sex marriages in when it enacted the Marriage Equality Act. The Act preceded the case U. A now-famous case titled Obergefell v. Hodges followed in , wherein the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a right guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment.
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