Marriage Equality Makes Same-Sex Divorce Easier

Divorce is always a difficult process, but same-sex couples have faced many more challenges than their traditionally married counterparts, at least until recently.

In a landmark decision on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban, and must recognize, same-sex marriages. They clarified that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, and that it also guarantees due process and equal protection under the law.

This decision may have an effect on more than just same-sex marriages. In response to prior laws that prevented and did not recognize same-sex marriages, some states adopted legislation benefiting domestic partners. In Ohio, for example, unmarried partners of either sex became eligible to join their partners’ health insurance plans and to take time off work to care for a partner who was ill. With the new law in place allowing same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states, these previously...
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Benefits of Hiring a Divorce Attorney

If any argument is worth winning, it's the emotional one with your spouse when you decide to divorce. Which issues are really worth fighting over — child custody, alimony, assets? How much will it cost you to do so? How likely is it that you will win? No matter what your priorities, it is important to make decisions based on the experience of a trusted professional with no emotional stake in the matter. These are the primary reasons for hiring a divorce attorney. Hiring a divorce attorney will help you to get everything you deserve out of your divorce—and ensure that you don’t settle too early. Divorces take time, and more time spent considering the details means fewer things overlooked or ignored. A divorce attorney will protect your rights and ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. He or she will not only help you fight for what you...
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Rising Divorce Rates for Ages 50 and Older Pose Unique Challenges

If you were divorced at the age of 50 or older, you are among a growing trend of older couples that are calling it quits at a later time in their lives. That is what a research study at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) concluded. In 1990, fewer than 10% of couples that divorced were over the age of 50, compared to the more than 25% that occurred in 2010. While divorce among other age groups has leveled off or declined, the BGSU study indicates that the number of people ages 50 and older that decide to end their marriages will continue to climb by as much as one-third, even if divorce rates among other age groups remain unchanged. Couples who divorce later in life do so for similar reasons to their younger counterparts – infidelity, abuse, financial security, and regrets about getting married too quickly. The diminishing social...
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