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More and more Americans are coming out of the closet as LBGT

It has been quite a few good years for the lesbian, bi-sexual, gay and transgender, or LGBT community in the United States. The lifestyle is becoming more and more socially accepted and after decades of efforts, the LGBT obtained the right to marry in America.

A 2016 Gallup poll recently sampled over 11.6 million American adults, aged 18 or older between June of 2012 and December of 2016 to determine the openness of American's sexuality in the United States. The results show that over 10 million Americans currently identify as part of the LGBT community. This is largely in part due to an increase in acceptance and awareness among millennials, but still shows less acceptance among older generations. This is evident by statistics showing that among millennials born between 1980 and 1998, 7.3 percent identify as LBGT. For Generation X'ers, this drops to 3.2 percent, and drops again among baby boomers to 1.8 percent.

With recognition for the gay and lesbian community and their new rights to marry on both a social and legal level, it is important to recognize that laws regarding divorce also apply to married gay couples, just as it would for traditional marriages. Common same-sex family law issues such as adoption, child custody, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are all applicable to married same sex couples as well.

When going through a divorce, it is not uncommon for a spouse to feel overwhelmed. He or she may act out of spite or let emotions control decisions, often causing irrational and less than ideal situations for all parties involved. In order to prevent such situations from occurring, it may be in your best interest to speak with a law professional familiar with family law to assure that your best interests and wishes are met regarding all aspects of your divorce.

Source: Huffington Post, "More than 10 Million Americans Now Identify As LBGT," By JamesMichael Nichols, Jan. 13, 2017

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