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Same-Sex Couples & Divorce Archives

Study looks at longevity of various relationships

According to a study that appeared in the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, male-male couples are less likely to break up than female-female couples or male-female couples. Based on the study's findings, couples in Pennsylvania and throughout the country are no more likely to stay together if they legalize the relationship.

Appeals court denies donor's paternity request

Pennsylvania parents looking to have children with the use of a sperm donor may be interested to learn that a New York appeals court rejected parental rights to a donor. This was after the Chemung County Family Court ordered a paternity test with the intent to determine what parental rights the man could have.

Same-sex couples can face challenging custody issues

With the growth of same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States has also come an increase in same-sex divorce cases. While many aspects of a divorce remain the same regardless of the genders of the parties involved, issues of child custody and support can be more complex when only one party has a biological relationship with the child, especially when official adoption paperwork was not filed for the other parent during their marriage.

The role of consent in a child support case

Pennsylvania residents may know that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States. However, there are situations involving such couples that may not arise for heterosexual couples. One such case revolves around a Hawaii woman who wanted to sever rights to the child her wife bore while she was away on military service. Justices from the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments in the case, and the central issue seems to hinge on whether consent was given by both parties to have the child.

Be aware of these same-sex divorce conflicts

Ending a marriage is often a complicated process, especially when the couple has been together for quite a while. Dividing assets and debts and determining who gets custody of minor children may be even more complex when it comes to same-sex couples. There are a few significant differences a gay or lesbian couple in Pennsylvania might experience when they end their marriage.

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.

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