Divorce is a complex process to endure regardless of sexual orientation, but the fact is that same-sex couples face considerably steeper challenges than other couples do, particularly because same-sex marriage is still relatively new. It was not until 2015 when the United Supreme Court finally legalized same-sex marriage, providing the same benefits and protections afforded to heterosexual married couples. Prior to this landmark decision, same-sex marriage was still banned in more than several states.
The Most Common Complications of Same-Sex Divorce
If you were together for many years prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage, the divorce process can be particularly complicated. For example, if you and your spouse were together long before you were legally allowed to marry, this may impact spousal support. One of many factors the Missouri statute considers in the award of maintenance is the duration of the marriage. The longer the duration of the marriage, the better the argument that duration of the marriage favors maintenance. Unfortunately, if you were together for 20 years but can only account for a few of those years due to marriage laws, this can put you in a bit of a predicament.
Same-sex couples going through a divorce will also encounter substantial obstacles during the process when it comes to child custody matters. For example, if one parent has not legally adopted the children, then the non-adopting person may have very substantial obstacles regarding the children.
Contact a Same-Sex Divorce Attorney Today!
At Galmiche Law Firm, P.C., our attorney is experienced in handling same-sex divorce cases and will provide the fierce legal representation you need in court to ensure your interests are protected. With over 30 years of experience and a dedication to helping clients navigate the most complex family law matters, you can trust our attorney to provide the assistance you need during this difficult time.
Contact Galmiche Law Firm today at (636) 552-4841 to request a free initial case review.