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Navigating same-sex divorce in california

With America's progressive shift regarding marriage in recent years, countless same-sex couples have experienced a smoother process altogether. However, this process often includes divorce -- a side of same-sex marriage that can become difficult. What are some current challenges that California couples face, and might it lead to a positive outlook toward the future of same-sex separations?

According to CNBC News, the current outlook regarding same-sex divorce in the state seems uncertain. For instance, dividing assets and determining child custody are two factors in the equation that have proven more difficult than the marriage itself. The main issue? CNBC states that many couples had relationships long before they were legal -- ultimately making the decision from the courts complex. Federal regulations surrounding tax-related aspects of divorce can have a firm hand in the way ex-spouses handle legal separation. As a result, spousal support can seem unclear when the exact date of a marriage began years prior to this shift in marriage laws. In addition, this same factor can make determining child support another obstacle.

As for California's laws specifically, the state's Judicial Branch lists a number of options to end marriage, including those that apply to same-sex couples. While laws can vary from state to state, California residents may still proceed with a divorce, despite residency requirements. For instance, those who marry in California but no longer reside there may nevertheless divorce in the Golden State. The key, however, is to file for divorce in the same county in which the couple married. Because divorce can take on a number of different meanings depending on the situation, the Judicial Branch points out that details may vary when it comes to property, partner support and child support. 

 

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