Until the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Obergfell v. Hodges in 2015, there was a fair amount of discrepancy regarding where a same-sex couple could pursue a divorce. Problems would often arise when a couple legally married in one state, but then sought to end its marriage through divorce in a state where same-sex marriages were not recognized. After Obergfell though, same-sex marriages were legalized in all 50 states, and as such, so too were divorces between individuals of the same sex.
Colorado's adoption laws permit a number of parties the right to seek to adopt the children that they love. While individuals generally must be 21-years-old or older to pursue adoption, younger parties may seek to adopt, if they are able to secure approval from the courts. The martial status of individuals hoping to adopt also does not affect their rights to do so, but in most cases, individuals joined to their partners through marriage or civil unions must petition for adoption together.
Across the nation, thousands of children are in need of stable homes and families to call their own. Caught in the foster care system or eligible for adoption, many children with these dire needs are living within the state of Colorado. And though not all individuals have the ability to bring a child into their households through adoption or fostering, a number of same-sex couples look to these programs to become parents in their own right.
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.
Once marriage became equally available to opposite- and same-sex couples, many people assumed that all of family law was now LGBTQ-friendly. While it is true that the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions on same-sex marriage mandated equal protection for all, you may not realize how limited equal protection can be.