Following the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, people are understandably focused on their own well-being, helping their children through the transition, and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. This can lead to their forgetting to consider the impact a divorce has on their estate plans – such as wills, beneficiary […]
In the 1985 lesbian romance Desert Hearts, professor Vivian Bell, in need of a quick divorce, heads to a ranch in the state of Nevada, whose lenient residency requirements of just six weeks and no waiting period are the shortest in the nation. For a time they weren’t though: after the Civil War, there was a national movement for […]
What should I expect when I go to court for my divorce? Many of Freed Marcroft’s same-sex family law clients — whether we represent one party in a dissolution or custody dispute, or serve as a couple’s divorce mediator — are understandably interested in knowing what to expect when they go to family court. Two recent […]
What happens when two of Freed Marcroft’s practice areas, lgbt family law and immigration, intersect? We assist binational same sex couple clients in obtaining permanent residence status (commonly referred to as “green cards”) based on their marriage to a United States citizen (or green card holder). But what if that marriage breaks down? Divorce is an […]
How Do Same Sex Married Couples Divorce if the State They Live in Doesn’t Recognize Their Marriage and It Fails?
There is an old adage that it is should be as difficult to get married as it is to get divorced. Well, same sex spouses who were married in a state that recognizes same sex marriage but reside in a state that doesn’t may literally have to move in order to obtain a dissolution of […]
Meghan’s recent posts about cases pending in Texas and Mississippi address the difficulty people in same sex marriages can have locating a court who will grant them a divorce if their marriage doesn’t work. I thought it made sense to explore further whether Connecticut can grant divorces to same sex couples who married here, but who reside elsewhere. Connecticut law, […]
We have written about the difficulty married same sex couples can face in finding a court to grant a divorce when they live in a state that does not recognize their marriage. In addition to the Texas cases discussed previously, now Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham has filed a divorce complaint in Mississippi chancery court, effectively asking “one […]
One of the rights we associate with marriage, is, when a marriage fails, the right to end that marriage.
At the same time that Illinois is on the brink of becoming the fifteenth state to allow gay couples to legally wed, two Texas same sex couples are trying to find a court to grant them a divorce.
Meghan was a guest on the Colin McEnroe Show’s episode “Divorce in 2013,” discussing the latest issues in Connecticut matrimonial law, and in particular how they relate to same sex couples and their families. Full audio available here: http://www.yourpublicmedia.org/node/24662
Although we spend a significant amount of our practice devoted to helping clients end their marriages as civilly, healthfully, and respectfully as possible, Freed Marcroft loves love. And, we love that the Illinois Senate chose Valentine’s Day as the day to hold a vote approving marriage equality. Same sex marriage is not yet legal in Illinois, the House […]