On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
Divorce is both a beginning and an ending rolled into one experience. Because divorce can take months or even years to complete, many people find themselves starting a new life while still working through the details of their divorce. Our Fort Lauderdale Divorce Lawyers at Law Offices of Gustavo E. Frances has worked with many clients over the years who were simultaneously working on their divorce and planning their new life. Not every divorce is messy like the media portrays. Some divorces end in great partnerships as couples feel less pressure on their relationships. Just because divorce takes time doesn’t mean you can’t start on your new life. This applies to everyone who gets a divorce, including same-sex couples.
The New Divorce
There are a lot of changes happening in our country. Some good and some not so good. Not too long ago a big shift happened in our legal system that created a ripple effect into our social lives: Same-sex marriage. On January 6th Florida was able to recognize and legally acknowledge ALL marriages. Marriages between women and women, men and men, and men and women. This was an important step for inclusion. People in the LGBTQ community are not absent from the real world. They fall in love too. They want the opportunity to show their love in meaningful ways too. So when Florida court decided to side with same-sex marriage it was a change in our legal system too. If same-sex couples could get married then they can get divorced too, right?
Same-sex couple Heather Brassner and Megan Lade may have wanted 15 minutes of fame, but maybe not for this reason. They are the first same-sex divorce to be granted in Florida. They were originally married in Vermont but then moved to Florida where they then sought a divorce. The judge who granted the divorce was also for accepting same-sex marriage licenses from out of state. Because they were married in Vermont, Florida would have to recognize their marital status and then grant a divorce. This was a success and now same-sex people can both get married and divorce in Florida. Now, every state recognizes same-sex marriage because, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court voted in favor of same-sex marriage.
What To Expect
Whether you are in a same-sex marriage or heterosexual marriage, the divorce is still the same. You still have to file paperwork. You still have to discern between property and assets. You still have to consider child support or spousal support. You also have to consider plans moving forward with the children. The divorce outcome is still the same no matter who you are married to. This is why getting divorced is the same for any married couple. The heartbreak is the same, the messy details are the same, and you still need an attorney to help you navigate through the process. Call 954-297-6546 or click here to start your free consultation with our professional attorneys at the Law Offices of Gustavo E. Frances in Fort Lauderdale today.