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Separation may be precursor to same-sex divorce for actress

It was not long ago that the legality of same-sex marriage was a source of intense debate. This was true in Colorado and in many states across the U.S. Now, however, it is legal for people of the same sex to get married. As with most marriages, there is a chance that the couple will decide that the marriage is not working and they will choose to get a same-sex divorce.

According to recent reports, actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert is legally separating from her wife of five years, singer Linda Perry. Gilbert was on the television sitcom "Roseanne" and is now on "The Conners." She is a host on "The Talk." Perry is a singer and songwriter most prominently known for her work in the band "4 Non Blondes." She has written songs for popular artists like Pink and Gwen Stefani. The couple married in March of 2014. They had a son in February of the next year. Gilbert has two children from a prior relationship. Gilbert has asked the court not to award spousal support to either party.

For same-sex couples, there might be a perception that their case will be treated differently than a heterosexual divorce. Although same-sex marriage is new in the context of marriage, that does not mean that there will be substantial differences in how it is addressed in a legal setting. That includes whether it is a same-sex separation, same-sex divorce, division of assets, support and more. Still, there can be disagreements and complexities, such as handling custody if only one parent is biologically related to the child. It is possible there will be residences, bank accounts and other high-end items that will be in dispute.

Both sides should know what steps to take to achieve a fair resolution in a same-sex divorce. When the couple decides to part ways, the first step to be fully protected under the law is to get the right legal information about same-sex family law options.

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