Marriage equality was long a dream for same-sex couples. Once it finally happened, however, researchers noticed a strange phenomenon that seemed to be happening just about everywhere that same-sex marriage is legal: Lesbians end up getting divorced more often than gay men.
The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage here in Colorado and every other state back in 2015. Many individuals assumed that this would make it easier for moms and dads to exercise their parenting rights. Nothing of the sort has happened, though. Many same-sex spouses still find themselves having to go through the adoption process to legalize their parental relationship with their biological kids.
You and your spouse were both part of the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community before you became a couple, so you've shared many of the same friends for years.
Marriage equality, for good or ill, means divorce equality. Same-sex couples have no more a guarantee of a "happily ever after" than anybody else, unfortunately.
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.
While same-sex couples have the right to marry and divorce in Colorado, this does not mean that these couples are faced with the same divorce issues when navigating family law matters. Unfortunately, same-sex couples face various obstacles, as the field of same-sex family law is still emerging. Thus, in order to reach a resolution and protect one's rights in these complex matters, it is important to fully understand one's rights and what options are available.
Starting a family is a major and exciting event for couples in Colorado and elsewhere. While this process may appear to be easier for some, other are faced with challenges and hurdles to have the family that they have always dreamed of. For a same-sex couple, this could mean navigating adoption and working through this lengthy and emotional process.
Blending any type of family after divorce or separation is usually a daunting task that takes time. Blending from a heterosexual environment to a homosexual one can be difficult if everyone is not on the same page.
Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Colorado for almost five years, and nationwide since 2015, and in many ways married same-sex couples are fully integrated into all systems of family law. However, there is one area where same-sex couples face very different legal issues than most of their heterosexual friends: adoption.
Amid the celebrations for last month's annual Pride festival, there was a lot of disagreement over the status of the gay rights movement in Colorado and nationwide.