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Denver man disputes ruling that he and ex-partner were married

A few months ago, we discussed here on this blog how important it is for same-sex couples who are divorcing to ensure that any prior legal unions, no matter what state they were entered into, are dissolved. Failing to do so can cause complications for couples who want to make a clean break and go their separate ways. However, what if you were never legally married?

Protect your assets with a prenuptial agreement

If you've waited to marry until you've firmly established your career and bought a home, you aren't alone. Many couples aren't tying the knot until they've had independence and success. Also, for many same-sex couples, marriage wasn't a possibility until the past few years.

Make sure all same-sex legal unions are dissolved when divorcing

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.

Legal parentage for non-biological lesbian parents

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. 


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