Same-Sex Marriage And Divorce In Colorado
With the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2015, same-sex marriage became legal across the entire country. While the ruling will give same-sex couples the same legal rights as opposite-sex couples, implementation of the ruling can still present hurdles for couples over the coming years.
At the Law Offices of W. Robert Montgomery in Denver, Colorado, we represent married gay and lesbian couples who are going through a divorce or need help addressing difficult issues such as child custody and adoption.
What Does The Ruling Mean For Colorado Couples
While before, same-sex couples had to rely on domestic partnership agreements that could spell out some (but not all) of the rights and obligations of marriage, the court’s ruling means same-sex couples will have:
- Property rights, including the right to an equitable division of debts and assets in the event of a divorce
- The right to support or maintenance if the relationship ends
- Child custody, visitation and support of children adopted during the relationship
- The right to visit your spouse in the hospital if he or she is sick and power of attorney when it is necessary to make decisions on your spouse’s behalf
- The same access to joint health care benefits provided to married couples by many employers
Additionally, the court’s ruling should have no effect on Colorado law, which allows for same-sex couples to adopt children as a couple and form strong, loving families.
If you and your spouse had a domestic partnership agreement or a cohabitation agreement in place, we can also help you form a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that would contain many similar provisions.
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To discuss your case with one or our lawyers, call 720-496-1338 or toll free at 888-559-9805, or fill out the contact form on this site. Our law office is conveniently located in Lakewood in the western Denver, Colorado metro area.