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Status report on divorce for Washington's same-sex couples

As most Washingtonians know, half of all marriages in the country end in divorce. With the legalization of same-sex marriage in various states around the country over the last decade and in Washington in 2012, it is no surprise that some married same-sex couples may find themselves undergoing a divorce. For those couples who have not yet filed for divorce, they can learn from their heterosexual counterparts and take away some facts that pertain now only to same-sex divorce.

Financial mistakes during divorce set stage for hardship after

Ending a marriage is a complicated legal process. For many divorced Washington residents, the decision to end a marriage may have come quickly, but the process of untangling lives and assets probably took a much longer time to settle. Anyone currently in the middle of a divorce can learn from the experiences of those who have gone before them and avoid the following common mistakes that many spouses have made during a divorce.

Washington State converts domestic partnerships to marriages

Many members of Washington State's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have enjoyed the privilege of same-sex marriage since its legalization in 2012. Before these marriages were approved in the state, same-sex couples often entered into domestic partnerships to obtain some of the legal rights that would allow them to draft agreements on how to divide assets and other properties in the event couples separated. Now further changes in state law are retroactively recognizing same-sex domestic partnerships as marriages.

Vacating the marital home may negatively affect divorce issues

Moving out of a Gig Harbor, Washington marital residence previous to a divorce agreement can be a costly mistake for a divorcing spouse. But if a spouse is unfamiliar with divorce issues, can this mistake be avoided? Some residents have experience in the divorce process after living through the divorce of their parents. Some have experienced divorce firsthand and can certainly relate that the legal process is quite challenging. Issues concerning children, property division and spousal support can turn a case into a contentious one in short order. Still, the outcome depends on how the spouses handle their divorce.

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