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Same-sex adoption laws in california

In a society that has only recently begun to welcome same-sex marriage, regulations on marriage and divorce may seem ambiguous. Despite the passing of same-sex marriage in California in 2008, breaks in that law nevertheless occurred, making the ruling complicated in general. After gay marriage became a constitutional right in 2015, many thought this ambiguity would end; however, there still exist challenges in the system for many same-sex couples.

Assigning parental roles to same-sex couples

Same-sex couples have often come to us here at the Thomas Law Offices after having started their families confused over who is legally assigned the traditional roles of mother and father in their homes. If this describes your scenario, then you understand that the concern over such roles lies less with the public designation you and your spouse are given, but rather the inherent responsibilities that come with each one. Like many in Los Angeles, you may also worry how the role that you are assigned could potentially affect you should you get a divorce. 

Resolving custody issues in same-sex divorce cases

Given that is has been only in recent years that same-sex marriages have been legally recognized in the U.S., it may come as little surprise to learn that much confusion still surrounds the application of family law principles to such unions. Yet the growth of such marriages has prompted the need to develop appropriate interpretations of statutes related to marriage and the family. Indeed, the Pew Research Center reports that there may be up to 71,165 legally married same-sex couples in America. With this rise in same-sex marriages has also come an increase in same-sex divorces, which has forced California lawmakers to rule on how laws such as child custody and support apply to these cases. 

Same-sex divorce: obstacles in the law

In most cases, a couple in any area of the United States can file for divorce through typical legal procedures. If a same-sex couple files the same paperwork for dissolution, the result can come with strings attached. That is the case in California, where even though same-sex marriage has been legal since 2008, same-sex couples suffer negative repercussions upon divorcing.

What unique hurdles do domestic partners face?

Diversity is a core part of Los Angeles, but unfortunately, same-sex couples and domestic partners can still face unique difficulties that those who take part in traditional marriage may not have to contend with. Thomas Law Offices explain those difficulties carefully, so those entering domestic partnerships may know what they could be facing.

Social Security benefits in same-sex divorce

The Supreme Court decision in 2015 that allowed same-sex couples across the nation to marry also has implications for same-sex couples in California who are getting divorced. As Investment News reports, for couples who were married before the recognition of same-sex unions across the country, things can become very complicated.

Unexpected financial implications of the same-sex marriage ruling

The Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality June 26,2015. This was a clear victory for the LGBT community, but now couples in California and around the United States are discovering that this ruling has both positive and negative financial implications. The ruling guaranteed that married same-sex couples would have the same rights as married heterosexual couples.

U.S. Supreme Court Asked To Decide Lesbian Child Custody Case

For same-sex couples, our legal system has had relatively very little time to develop the full range of solutions that opposite-sex married couples can rely on. This can mean that same-sex couples who are seeing a divorce have a higher likelihood of that they may be presenting a situation that the courts have not ruled on before and do not know how to resolve.

Video: Dissolving a same-sex marriage in California

You fell in love. You and your partner walked down the aisle and said, "I do." You moved in together. You combined your assets. Maybe you bought a house or had children. You built a life together, but life happened. You decided to file for divorce.


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