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About same-sex marriage

After a groundbreaking ruling that was issued by the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2015, same-sex couples in Pennsylvania and the rest of the country had a constitutional right to get married. The ruling was partly based on how the Court interpreted the 14th Amendment. The Court determined that allowing only heterosexual couples to get married was in violation of the constitutional right for equal protection according to the law.

Same-sex couples and divorce

The Supreme Court's 2015 ruling that made same-sex marriages legal in Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States provided same-sex couples with the same rights, benefits and protections as heterosexual couples. The ruling, in general, has provided peace of mind to many same-sex couples because they have been able to enjoy benefits such as lower living expenses and inheriting their deceased spouse's estate, pension and 401k balances as well as being able to claim Social Security benefits. However, it also brought up certain issues that same-sex couples had not encountered before.

Divorce rates higher among poorly educated and unemployed

Pennsylvania residents will likely have heard many times that half of all marriages end in divorce. While the percentage of marriages in the United States that end in divorce peaked during the late 1970s and early 1980s and has been gradually falling in ever since, the divorce rate among certain racial, religious and socio-economic groups may be far higher or lower than the national average.

Woman says she is child's parent, challenges adoption

An adoption case involving a former same-sex couple may be of interest to Pennsylvania residents. A woman is challenging the adoption of a 9-year-old girl by the girl's new stepdad because the woman claims that she is the child's parent. The girl's biological mother argues that although the woman helped raise the girl for the first four years of her life, she was never actually the child's parent.

Same-sex relationships challenge legal definitions of parent

In Pennsylvania, same-sex couples that end their relationships could face significant legal hurdles when child custody disputes emerge. Courts in other states have been split on the subject of parental rights for nonbiological partners in same-sex couple families.

Same-sex divorce coming to Pennsylvania

With the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling enabling same-sex couples to marry across the country, same-sex divorce is inevitable. In the majority of these situations, the divorce process will proceed in the same way as any other divorce cases, especially if the couple has signed a pre- or post-nuptial agreement. Many experts advise these for any couple to prevent any type of confusion during the divorce process, despite the fact that most couples believe that they will never split up.

Traditional gender roles for women could cause marital strife

According to a recent study presented at the American Sociological Association, women in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States who are in a heterosexual marriage are more likely to initiate a divorce than men. However, in relationships where the couple is not married, both genders are equally likely to initiate an end to the relationship.

Same-sex divorce issues

Same-sex couples in Pennsylvania can now have their marriages recognized in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages are constitutional, many people are wondering how that decision will impact the dissolution of these types of unions. Some believe that the nuances of same-sex divorce will have to be worked out in the future through litigation.

Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage

On June 26, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that declared state bans against same-sex marriage a violation of the U.S. Constitution. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that states did not have the right to deny gay couples the same marriage rights that heterosexuals have enjoyed. The practice has been legal in Pennsylvania since 2014.

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