Divorce is tough enough. War can ensue as assets are divided, child custody
is determined, and alimony is ordered. For same-sex couples, the obstacles
to a divorce can be even more intense. One family attorney stated that
same-sex couples could face more than ten times the cost that heterosexual
couples face when they get a divorce, a $120,000 divorce as opposed to
a $10,000 divorce. The thing is, few lawyers have dealt with this matter
before. There are almost no precedents from which to work, and changes
to the law have occurred quite recently. Uncertainty can plague the proceedings.
This can mean a much longer process, which in turn leads to higher costs.
Even being able to file can become a costly obstacle. The place where the
marriage took place may not be the place where the couple lives. This
can mean that the state of the couple's residence has not ratified
same-sex marriage, as only 13 states have done so. Couples may have to
pay a great deal to return to the state of ceremony, just to get a divorce.
More than that, they would have to pay to temporarily move there, since
most states would require a six month residency before filing for divorce.
As the legalization of
same-sex marriage is a new thing in many areas, many couples were accruing assets and getting
into debt long before marriage. This means property division can be a
nightmare. With any divorce, child custody can mean a bitterer struggle
as well as a prolonged divorce. When one or both parents are not biological
parents, this only complicates matters. Even experienced lawyers can be
at a loss as to what to do.
Our Long Island divorce attorneys are well-versed on
current legislation. When you need a divorce lawyer in Long Island who knows all the recent
changes and additions to the law, you can find the legal help you need
with the Meyers Law Group. To find out how we can help you with your same-sex
divorce, do not hesitate to
contact us today!