Undoubtedly, filing for bankruptcy can cause serious mental and emotional damage to your self-worth. It is not easy to admit that you need legal and professional help in managing the crushing weight of debts you carry. The walls of your life may feel as though they are closing in all around you.
You have car insurance. You have medical insurance. You have homeowners or renters insurance. All of these protect you financially in case of unexpected events.
You and your spouse have been together for decades -- long before you could legally marry. If you lived in a state that offered domestic partnerships and/or civil unions for same-sex couples, you may have chosen one (or eventually both) of these options to make your partnership official in the eyes of the state where you were living. Then, when you were able to, you got married. In Colorado, that was one year before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
As Americans live longer, many are finding that their retirement savings isn't enough to last them through their senior years. The fixed income provided by Social Security and other government programs often isn't enough to get by. Consequently, many people are still paying off debt and even taking on more of it well into their 70s and beyond. Sometimes they do it for their own needs and sometimes to help family members.
If you are a lesbian with children, and one partner is the birth parent, how do you protect your parental rights? Unfortunately, you need to establish legal parentage even if you are on the birth certificate, due to the lack of certainty throughout the country and overseas. It is incredibly painful to learn you are not considered a legal parent of the child you love. Establishing parentage should be done regardless of whether you are considering leaving your relationship.
If you're getting primary custody of your children following your divorce and are seeking or expected to pay child support, it's essential to know what this support is intended to cover.
When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015, happy couples celebrated across the country. Finally, their relationships were being recognized by federal law. Now about three years later, some of these couples are joining the 50 percent of American marriages that end in divorce.