Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships
And finally, some final thoughts...
Despite the Supreme Court's historic ruling, some same-sex couples may still be caught in a state of limbo if they choose to end their partnership. For instance, many same-sex couples who did not have access to marriage opted for civil unions or domestic partnerships instead. While legally similar to marriage, not all states recognize these types of arrangements and as a result may not be able to dissolve civil unions or domestic partnerships. Couples who entered into civil unions in Delaware and Rhode Island, however, are legally considered married (civil unions in those states were converted to marriages in 2013).
It's not quite clear how state governments will respond to the sweeping changes in marriage law, including access to divorce by partners in civil unions.
After several years of fluctuating laws and status, the matter is finally settled at the federal level. But it is important to refer to your state's laws if your situation is particularly complex. Those in civil unions, for example, may need to establish residency in the state where the union was performed in order to dissolve the relationship. But if you were legally married, you may now get divorced in any state.
Getting Divorced? Make Sure You Have the Right Lawyer on Your Side
Although same-sex marriage law is largely a settled matter after Obergefell, some confusion may still remain. Get assistance with understanding the requirements for divorce in your particular situation. Consider contacting us today so that you have an experienced, local divorce attorney today who can protect your interests.
Your Decision | When it comes to the crunch, it is your decision and for the most part your decision will be driven by finances and your current relationship with your spouse.