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Prenuptial agreements may help same-sex couples in Washington

Prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington, it was rather simple for a same-sex couple to end their relationship. They would break-up and one partner would move out. However, if a couple is married, as same-sex couples are now able to do nationwide, to end their marriage requires a divorce, and all the legalities that go along with it.

Obergfell one year later: how did it affect same-sex divorce?

Obergfell v. Hodges, the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, has celebrated its first anniversary. It is important, however, for Gig Harbor residents to keep in mind the way things were before that ruling.

Entering into a domestic partnership in Washington

Even though same-sex marriage is now legal in Washington and throughout the nation, there may be reasons why same-sex couples may prefer to enter into a domestic partnership. In fact, individuals under a number of circumstances may choose to register as domestic partners, even if they are not same-sex partners. What are the statutory requirements for doing so?

Ruling protects same-sex couples who marry and later divorce

In 2015 the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal across the nation. Although resident of Washington had the right to same-sex marriage for several years prior, the decision is still a landmark one that allowed many individuals to finally marry the one they love. There are both legal advantages to same-sex marriage particularly when it comes to divorce, as well as some reasons why a same-sex couple may choose not to marry.

Same-sex partners face the same legal challenges

When the state of Washington approved same-sex marriage back in 2012, numerous state residents gained the ability to enjoy the social and legal benefits of a state-backed union. For some, this change has allowed a "happily ever after" scenario. Of course, recognizing that same-sex partnerships share the same legal status as "traditional" marriage also means that those same-sex partners can face the same legal issues should that relationship no go according to plan.

Married same-sex couples can file joint federal tax returns

Same-sex marriages are on the rise in Washington since state laws were changed to permit same-sex couples to marry three years ago. Federal income tax rules also apply to same-sex marriages registered in states or foreign countries with laws that make same-sex marriages legal.

The U.S. Supreme Court's stand on same-sex marriages

The United States Supreme Court is currently debating the issue of whether same-sex marriages should be allowed across the United States. The state of Washington, as well as 36 other states, including Washington D.C., have already permitted gay marriages, going back as far as 2012. Currently, 13 states in the United States do not recognize same-sex marriage under their respective laws. If a Supreme Court ruling permits same-sex marriage across the nation, the states will lose their right to regulate their respective marriage laws.

Legal issues plaguing same-sex marriages in Washington

Throughout the United States, including Washington, many states have legalized same-sex marriages. Gay and lesbian couples can now get legally married under the laws of Washington and enjoy the rights and privileges that formerly had only been available to heterosexual couples.

What rights do same-sex couples have in Washington?

In 2012, same-sex marriage was legalized in Washington. Although most people may think two years is enough to get accustomed to the laws regarding same-sex couples, there are instances when same-sex partners, whether they are long-time Washington residents or new to the state, are not aware of their rights. For the benefit of same-sex couples, they should be informed of their rights and privileges under state laws.

Divorcing same-sex couples in Washington face certain pitfalls

Washington state legalized same sex marriage in 2012. Despite their newfound freedom to marry, the state's same-sex partners are no more immune to relationship troubles than heterosexual couples and as likely to end up in divorce. Because divorce is still a relatively new occurrence for same-sex couples, however, they may be prone to certain problems that can make the divorce process more difficult and have negative long-term consequences.

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