Like heterosexual couples, same-sex couples do not go into a marriage thinking that it will one day end. Unfortunately, the reality is that same-sex marriages end just as other marriages do. When divorce enters the picture, these couples often have just as many questions about the process as they may have had when planning to marry.
As family law attorneys serving residents in Los Angeles, we hope this blog post will provide those considering divorce with an authoritative method of finding personalized answers to their questions. Instead of providing you with generalized answers that may or may not apply to your situation, we will list the most common questions same-sex couples ask and tell you how to find your answers.
The first question we often hear is: How is property divided in a same-sex divorce? Investigating the state’s property division laws will provide you with an answer. We can tell you that it is the same process heterosexual couples face, but you may benefit from legal counsel to receive individualized attention to your situation.
Another question we hear a lot is: Can we get a divorce without legal assistance? Without knowing the particulars of your marriage, the best answer to this question is to identify any complications that may arise such as child custody or spousal support. If you believe these issues may exist in your relationship, you may need to rethink your strategy.
Finally, we are often asked this question: Can we mediate our same-sex divorce? Again, the answer will depend upon the particulars of your relationship. However, you will likely benefit from talking over your situation with legal professional before committing to mediation.
For more answers to your questions regarding same-sex couples and divorce, we urge you to look over our website.