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New Colorado law merges civil union and marriage licenses

Sometimes, the creation of new law can have a ripple effect throughout the legal system and it can take time for the proper adjustments to be made. The legalization of same-sex marriage is a case in point. While the acceptance of gay marriage was a positive step for the LGBT community, it created a seemingly small, but potentially cumbersome legal issue.

Same-sex partners not immune from domestic abuse issues

Thanks to changes in the law, same-sex couples have more rights regarding marriage and shared benefits than ever before. It is only fair and just that all U.S. Citizens be granted the same opportunities to fall in love and marry or cohabitate with the person of their choosing. And while there many wonderful aspects of shared domestic life, there can also be a dark side. Sadly, some relationships are negatively impacted by domestic violence, and same-sex couples are not immune.

U.S. Supreme Court rules on same-sex parental rights case

Child custody disputes are not uncommon when parents divorce. These disputes can certainly have their share of complications. Just determining the terms of visitation can take quite a bit of negotiating. But divorcing same-sex couples can have added issues, as demonstrated by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.

If going through a divorce, avoid seeking solace on Internet

Now that same-sex marriage is legal in every state of the union, couples of both gay and straight orientation have the same rights and can reap the same benefits by virtue of tying the knot. But unfortunately, the right to marry does not guarantee a happily ever after ending. As such, there are things that everyone should do and avoid doing when a divorce is inevitable.

Late music icon may have helped advance gay rights

There was much cause for celebration this past year when the U.S. Supreme Court rendered its decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country. Yet, as those who take an interest in LGBT history likely understand, the decision was a part of a progression that had been going on for some time.

Older same-sex couples have much to consider prior to marrying

After the U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that same-sex marriage was legal across the nation, many gay couples celebrated by heading to the altar. Many of these couples had been living together for years. Some had civil unions or domestic partnerships while still other couples simply lived together without any formal legal arrangement.

The dissolution of a civil union creates same issues as divorce

Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that legalized same-sex marriage in every state, in Colorado, same-sex couples were able to establish a legal partnership by establishing a civil union. A civil union is similar to a marriage, but there are some very key differences. For one thing, civil unions only afford couples certain protections on a state level. Same-sex couples who have formed civil unions are not eligible for the federal benefits and protections that are bestowed to married couples.

Same-sex parents have strengths and challenges

As society moves forward, it is quite likely that gay marriage and gay parenting will become more the norm. And as we all collectively become more used to the idea, fewer and fewer people will have an issue with same-sex couples marrying and having children. Of course if you are a gay or lesbian parent, you fully realize that your bond with your child is as strong as anyone's.

Same-sex divorce may bring property division issues

Many problems have been solved now that it is legal for same-sex couples to marry in every state of the country. In a recent article appearing in a national publication, a financial planner writes about how one of the key elements of the divorce process may prove problematic for same-sex couples: the division of property.

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