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.
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.
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.
Colorado residents have more than likely heard of the changing gay and lesbian marriage laws. Although the state does not recognize gay or lesbian marriage, they do in fact recognize a domestic partnership. A recent article pointed out that while some people are happy to feel they have the same rights as other married couples, divorce or dissolution of the domestic partnership as it is referred to is now a reality.