Thoughtful And Supportive Same-Sex Divorce
On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued a groundbreaking legal opinion in which marriage between two persons of the same sex was deemed legal and valid. Marriage was declared a fundamental right of U.S. citizens, straight or gay.
Before the Supreme Court ruling, I was one of the Phoenix area lawyers who was sensitive to the issues that arise in same-sex families. With the new era that has dawned, I look forward to continuing a special relationship with LGBT couples.
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Because of the ruling, LGBT couples can marry, divorce and enjoy the same protections under state law as heterosexual partners. Since Arizona is one of only a handful of community property states, this protection is invaluable during division of property and determination of spousal support (alimony).
It also allows same-sex couples to return to their maiden names upon issuance of the divorce decree. Same-sex couples are now bound by the same duties and responsibilities that are part of the marriage contract.