Washington couples who are considering the dissolution of their marriages may feel overextended while working through this tough time in life. Children, however, often also feel overwhelmed as they find dissolution or divorce very confusing. Children in divorcing families need a little extra help with the process.
Same-sex couples who marry here in Washington state might be in for a surprise if they try to divorce in a state that doesn't recognize their marriage. States that do not recognize same-sex marriage are trying to figure out if they can grant divorce filings of same-sex married couples.
Washington state's recent passage of same-sex marriage puts state law at odds with federal law, particularly the Defense of Marriage Act. Readers of this blog will recall a previous discussion of the tax inequities caused by DOMA, and its impact on child support and spousal support in the event of a same-sex marriage dissolution.
Relationship patterns have changed. Those changes, including more and more couples living together before marriage, have had a profound impact on family law issues such as division of assets, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution in the case of dissolution.