In January of this year, Florida legalized same-sex marriages. While celebrations across the state have taken place, another interesting event occurred. Same-sex couples filed for divorce in Florida. According to Stann Givens writing for the Huffington Post, same-sex couples now have the “right to be miserable, too.”
If a state does not recognize same-sex marriages, it also does not allow for same-sex divorces. Thus, until Florida legalized same-sex marriage, gay or lesbian couples who had been legally married in other states and moved to Florida could not divorce here. However, that has all changed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges which held that all states must recognize same-sex marriages.The pros and cons of being married now apply to all couples of every type.
Now that same-sex couples can get legally married and divorced in Florida and elsewhere, they can use the court system to resolve their disputes. If they adopt children together, they have the ability to take their custody battle before the judge. They can fight over how to divide their assets and present evidence as to why spousal support payments should be made. At the end of the day, they can even argue over whether one should pay the other’s legal fees.
According to Stann Givens, the same advice applies to all married couples. He essentially says to work hard to make your marriage work. Be honest and seek individual or couples counseling if necessary. However, if you have done all you can to save your marriage and divorce is the only option left, work with an attorney you can trust.
Whether your divorce is amicable or full of disputes, we are here to help. Contact the knowledgeable attorneys at the Men’s Divorce Law Firm. Our office is located in Orlando, Florida, but we proudly serve husbands and fathers across the State. The firm also serves men out of state with child custody interests in Florida.