Same-Sex Divorce Happens Before Same-Sex Marriage in Louisiana

Same-sex marriage may be legal in all fifty states now, but there are a few states that are holding back while waiting for an official mandate from the court. One of these is Louisiana. That’s why Louisiana has seen its first same-sex divorce before its first same-sex marriage.


The two New Orleans women in question filed for divorce on June 26th. Prior to the decision, there was no way for them to legally divorce. The two women had resolved most of their legal differences beforehand. They have lived separately for five years. There was no custody fight over their college-aged child. They also had already divided their assets. All they needed was the legal say-so to declare their marriage over.


They originally had gotten married in Massachusetts. While it is easy to get a marriage certificate in that state, you have to be a legal resident in order to obtain a divorce. Neither of them wanted to live a year in that state to get one due to professional obligations.


Divorce lawyers will need to learn how to handle same-sex divorces. Old laws that split assets and custody based on the gender of the individuals will have to be reassessed in line with new social norms. There will be a lot of litigation over the next few years to clear up these issues. If you are seeking a divorce and are in a same-sex marriage, contact Elise Buie Family Law Group, PLLC to learn the current divorce laws in Washington.

STAY UP TO DATE

Subscribe to our newsletters

 
Subscribe to one or more of our newsletters, delivering meaningful insight on topics that matter to you and your family.

FURTHER READING

Latest Blog Posts

Divorce can be a time of confusion and complexity. In addition to any emotional or other stress, your divorce can impact both your and your ex’s will. Therefore, it is important to understand what that impact may be and what…

While software developers are among the professions with the lowest divorce rates, coming in at 20.3%, workers in the technology sector who divorce face specific challenges during the divorce process. From how to locate and divide assets to determining parenting…

For parents, divorce often raises many questions surrounding extracurricular activities. These questions usually include whether the children will get to participate in the extracurricular activities (sports, performing arts classes, music lessons, art classes, etc.) they did before the divorce, expanded…

Divorce is a time of transition, which can bring about changes in your professional life as much as it can in your personal life. Perhaps you are one of the ones, like many, who have decided that a fresh start…

Becoming a single parent, especially after being married and having a partner to share in the physical and emotional labor, can be a challenging transition. The role of single parent, even for those in a healthy co-parenting relationship with their…

If you are in love and looking to plan a life with your partner, congratulations. This is an exciting time for you both, and the goal is that the relationship will stand the test of time. However, a recent study…

Divorce is not only about protecting assets and deciding who will keep the marital home afterward. Divorce is about re-envisioning your life following the end of a marriage and about discovering who you are today. This may include learning about…

The expression “in sickness and in health” is common in wedding ceremonies of all faiths. So when most people recite these words, it is probably safe to assume that they envision themselves married at a time when the unthinkable may…

Instead of marrying, increasingly, more couples are choosing to cohabitate outside of marriage. Many couples decide this for a variety of reasons, including testing the waters about whether they are suitable to live together as a couple or don’t believe…

Divorce can be a relatively straightforward process if you and your spouse are on good terms and can agree on certain issues in your case. In such a situation, you can file for an uncontested divorce which is often a…