The summer of 2015 brought big changes for same-sex marriage rights in the United States. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in Arizona and across the country, it is now foreseeable that some of these couples may require divorce counsel. As with any other legal marriage in Arizona, the same laws and statutes apply equally to a same-sex divorce.
However, there are some unique issues that apply to same-sex marriage cases. For example, the duration of marriage (as it can sometimes apply to spousal support). When did the marriage begin? When was it a domestic partnership? Marriage in a different state? These are all complex issues that an experienced same-sex divorce attorney can help you with.
At Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC, our team of dedicated and experienced divorce attorneys strives to provide each and every one of our clients with the customized and tailored legal counsel that he or she deserves. We utilize a cost-effective approach toward resolving same-sex divorce issues such as child support, custody, visitation, alimony, and more. We invite you to please reach out to us with your same-sex divorce questions and concerns. Our lawyers are here to help you during what can be an emotional and stressful time.
Even if you are married legally in another state, the residency requirements apply just the same to same-sex couples as they do to hetero couples. Both parties seeking the dissolution of marriage must have resided in Arizona for a minimum of 90 days. Remember that Arizona is a no-fault divorce state. Issues such as infidelity or abandonment are not relevant as proving fault is not a requirement.
When it comes to property division issues, Arizona is unique in that it is a community property state. This means all assets and liabilities acquired during the duration of the marriage are considered part of the “community property pot.” This is then assessed or valuated if necessary and split equitably between the parties. Child custody and visitation issues can be especially complicated in a same-sex divorce case. This is because one or both of the parties may not be the biological parent of the child. Whether this was through assisted reproductive technology measures or adoption, we can help you seek to resolve your child custody issues in an efficient manner.