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Understanding same-sex divorce in california

No matter what kind of light one casts over divorce, the effects that can follow are often difficult. It can take months -- and even years -- to get life back to normal. For same-sex couples, this process can prove all the more frustrating, especially since different divorce laws apply depending on the state. Although the nation is slowly progressing with these laws, divorcing from a same-sex marriage in California can have its rocky ups and downs. 

CNBC coincides with this reflection on same-sex divorce, noting last November that laws involving child custody, mediation and other aspects are not as clear-cut as with other divorces. While they can have their own complications, heterosexual divorces generally have a straightforward focus when it comes to parental rights and other details. CNBC recognizes the challenges some same-sex couples face when attempting to divorce, as many had established relationships long before the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015. Largely because many federal regulations are tax-related, some ex-spouses have trouble determining processes such as alimony payments. Others reach standstills when courts cannot legally determine when, exactly, a relationship began -- this can create issues if one spouse's income outweighs another's considerably. 

The website for California Courts offers some clarity in regards to these tricky topics on same-sex marriage and divorce. Same-sex couples who married in California, but do not currently live in a state that will divorce same-sex couples, may choose to dissolve their marriage in the Golden State. Although this process can take place in California despite another state's refusal to grant the divorce, ex-spouses who do not live in the state could nevertheless stumble upon issues involving property, debt and child support. Same-sex divorce laws have made life easier for countless couples, but as for divorce, there is still room for change.      





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