As the fight for gay and lesbian rights continues across the country, same-sex couples in Colorado now enjoy many of the same legal protections as their heterosexual counterparts. While married same-sex couples can now exercise the ability to make medical decisions in an emergency and to file for death benefits through the workers' compensation system, couples may need to consider additional protections before marrying. Although property division and even alimony are usually addressed during divorce or dissolution of marriage proceedings, taking extra steps to protect important assets can still be hugely beneficial.
Popular comedian and former host of "The View" Rosie O'Donnell left the show following announcements that she and her wife had decided to call it quits. Although this is the second divorce for O'Donnell, she reported that she felt quitting the show due to her most recent split was necessary to allow her to focus more on her family. As many other same-sex couples in Colorado do, O'Donnell and her wife had a prenuptial agreement.
Could sexual orientation play a role in the overall success of a marriage? A new study indicated that this may be so. The Williams Institute's most recent findings indicated that same-sex couples tend to divorce less than their straight counterparts.
There have been great strides made in equal rights for the LGBT community over the course of the last decade. As a result, many states now allow same-sex couples to legally marry. However, many couples who decide to end a marriage are stuck in limbo if they live in a state that does not allow same-sex marriage. Those in Colorado who may have found themselves in a similar situation may have sympathy for those in such a situation.
The Colorado Civil Union Act has not been in effect for very long, but it's benefits are already helping many families. Partners who happen to be of the same gender can have a civil union and are now able to enjoy the same advantages that married heterosexual couples do. This also means that same-sex couples can pursue a dissolution of their union, more commonly known as a divorce. We here at Jolein A. Harro, PC are more than willing to assist couples of all kinds with this important process.
The quickly changing landscape of marriage across the United States may leave some people with questions. Those Colorado same-sex couples who choose to get married may be thinking of how they can now enjoy the many financial benefits of a legal union. What they may be less focused on is that they also have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts if the marriage ends in divorce.
Colorado same-sex couples that have children still face numerous roadblocks to their relationships even though their unions may be legal. These issues can be challenging enough, but when same-sex couples decide to separate, things can get even more complicated. Several things need to be considered before taking that step.
The nation is currently undergoing an upheaval of change when it comes to same-sex marriage, one that many argue is long overdue. Colorado same-sex couples are like those in any other state, fighting for the rights that every other couple has: tax benefits, insurance benefits and child custody, among others. While much progress has been made, there is no doubt that there is still quite a journey ahead.
The thought of a marriage not working out is something that may never cross the mind of many newlywed Colorado couples. While many couples do end up staying together, there are occasions where relationships aren't working out and a divorce can provide a spouse with a better life going forward. Same-sex couples have many financial considerations to take into account before a marriage or a divorce due to ever-changing state and federal laws.
Going through a divorce, or contemplating one, can be a very stressful and confusing time for any individual. Due to each state's differing laws, Colorado same-sex couples could face even tougher challenges and decisions with regards to divorce. One recent article explains that there could be a lot of hidden costs in same-sex marriages in the state.